Part I explains the origins of classic fairy tales across Western culture. What fundamental values and lessons do all fairy tales teach? We explain how fairy tales are meant for adults more than for children.
Part II considers theoretical approaches to the fairy tale. Citing a number of famous authors—including MacDonald, Chesterton, Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis—the moral, philosophical, and theological aspects of fairy tales are revealed.
Part III offers a careful reading of the first part of an archetypal fairy tale, George MacDonald’s The Light Princess. Theory gives way to practice, as we encounter the work of a master of the fairy tale genre.
Part IV concludes the series with part two of The Light Princess, showing how Christian ideas (and ideals) form the nucleus of the classic fairy tale.