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Illustration of the fairy tale character, Tom Thumb, on a hillside, next to a giant’s foot. Madame d’Aulnoy in the late 17th century. Many of today’s fairy tales have evolved from centuries-old stories that have appeared, with variations, in multiple cultures around the world. Folklorists have classified fairy tales in various ways.
The Aarne-Thompson classification system and the morphological analysis of Vladimir Propp are among the most notable. Other folklorists have interpreted the tales’ significance, but no school has been definitively established for the meaning of the tales. A fairy tale with a tragic rather than a happy end is called an anti-fairy tale. A painting from the fairy tale “The Facetious Nights of Straparola”, showing people observing as a person jumps inside a building. Although the fairy tale is a distinct genre within the larger category of folktale, the definition that marks a work as a fairy tale is a source of considerable dispute. The term itself comes from the translation of Madame D’Aulnoy’s Conte de fées, first used in her collection in 1697.