Dec. 8, 2011
From Grimm to Gorgeous
When we live in the world we live in, there will be conflict, confrontation, and a solution. Often times, when it is a matter of someone being offended, this results in censorship of whatever happened, or the artwork that was displayed. That is not always a bad thing though, for example the Grimm brothers’ children’s and household tales. These gruesome tales have been changed and edited due to their nature of murder, incest, rape, and other terrible things. They were meant to teach a lesson, very different from our modern adaptation of using the stories for pure entertainment. In this process, many of the once crucial parts to a story were written out, and many more new parts were added to give attraction to the good things someone did in the story, more so than the wicked acts that happened.
Aschenputtel, more widely known as Cinderella, is one of the most classic fairytales that is still commonly passed around today. However, our concept of Cinderella that we have today differs quite a bit from the original version that the Grimm brothers originally released to the public in their time. In the Grimm brothers’ unedited version, Cinderella is treated much worse than portrayed in the Disney movie. Her step sisters make her pick their unwanted food out of the ash and dirt in the hearth and fireplace, the steal all her nice clothes, they make her do all their chores, they blame her for everything, and make her sleep in the fireplace. Cinderella also has no fairy godmother, when she receives her ball gown it is from a white dove in a tree that grew over her mother’s grave. She also receives not just one, but three grand dresses for each night of the ball. When the prince came to Cinderella’s house with the golden, not glass, slipper, the first step sister was advised by her mother to cut off her big toe so that the golden shoe would fit. After that, the shoe fits and the prince rides off with her, the...