The film Pan’s Labyrinth seems to be more than just a fantastic fairy tale. When focusing on the settings, Spain 1944 during their civil war and Ofelia’s alternate fairy tale reality, it seems as if Guillermo Del Toro is trying to draw some parallels between the two. The “real” setting of Spain is controlled by the facist regime in which the military, led by Ofelia’s stepfather, is dominating everything and everyone around it. The fairy tale is an escape for Ofeila that allows her to be free from the dominating rule of her stepfather, but it too is very dark and mysterious. In Ofelia’s setting, good and evil are clearly distinguished. My thought is that Del Toro is trying to hint that fascist regime is a terrible fairy tale brought to life. In both worlds there is authoritarian rule which controls everything that dominates everything. The general Vidal is the clear representation of evil and fascism. Ofelia is his foil not because she is good and pure, but because she questions her stepfather’s control and is independent minded. She, in a way, is questioning the authority fascism has over Spain, and is finding ways to live without it.