In the true version of Sleeping Beauty, all the fairies who are invited to Aurora's christening eat their meal off a special gold plate with their name engraved therein. There is one fairy whom the King and Queen forgot to invite, as she lived in a tower and was presumed dead, or at the very least, was forgotten by all. When she arrived at the party unexpectedly, they merely served her off of china dishes, and she did not get her very own golden dish with her name engraved therein. Thus, she felt slighted, and angrily cursed Aurora.
For several years, there was a niggling thought at the back of my head whenever I read this tale...I couldn't quite place what it reminded me of. Then, today, when telling it over, I realized. The true version of Sleeping Beauty reminds me of the tale of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza.
Of course, in that story, a man was deliberately not invited to the party, not simply forgotten because he lived in a tower. And the trouble arose because he was thrown out of the party, not because he was served on china dishes instead of gold ones with his name inscribed therein. But because of this motif (the party oversight) he too curses his host and all the Jews. And thus we end with the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash.
In the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, if not for the fact that there was one good fairy who had refrained from giving her blessing and was able to temper the curse, it would also have worked out badly.
(If I were teaching this course, I'd have people learn the Gemara and compare/ contrast to the true Sleeping Beauty text, then write an essay comparing the two.)