Fairy Tales Brothers Grimm

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Fairy Tales and MTV: A modern retelling of the classic fairy tale of Snow White played by Snooki and the cast of the Jersey Shore. Walt Disney once said “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney’s statement not only captures his philosophy in life, but also captures the progression of Fairy Tales and their changes from generation to generation. The fairy tale you remembered today are not the fairy tale your kids are likely to experience. Fairy tales transcend popular folklore and have a way of reinventing themselves into different versions. It’s difficult to figure out whether fairy tales have influence our society or whether our society has influence fairy tales. Looking back at the origins of fairy tales, I am taken back at how much fairy tales have changed. The key element to all the different adaptations is that you can draw a parallel to the environment of the time. The social and political environment is the driver that determines how a fairy tale will be told. Looking at Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs we can really observe some of the reasons behind the different versions of the same story. The Brothers Grimm original version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs really differs from the Disney version you might be familiar with. The Brothers Grimm version is a crude and barbaric telling of the story of Snow White. Their version of Snow White has the evil stepmother who makes not one but three attempts to kill Snow White. Once all attempts eventually fail the evil stepmother goes to the wedding “were they put a pair of iron shoes into the fire until they glowed, and she had to put them on and dance in them. Her feet were terribly burned, and she could not stop until she had danced herself to death” (National Geographic’s 04 March 2011). This Brothers Grimm version was not a child’s fairy tale. It was meant for a mature audience, and therefore one could...
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