Disneyfied Fairy Tales
Everybody knows how Cinderella found her glass slipper after dancing at the ball. Snow White and Sleeping Beauty were awoken by true loves kiss and lived happily ever after. The Little Mermaid longed to live on shore to be with that one special person. The thing that people don’t know is that the tales are wrong. Grimm Fairy tales are the original fairy tales dating back to early Germany. Disney took the fairy tales and put their own spin on them to be more appealing to children. The origin of the fairytales cast a large shadow over the new “Disneyfied” tales with major transformations, differences, and a syndrome that sparked from the change as well as up rises among feminists in the community.
The Grimm Brothers were German professors who grew famous for publishing classic fairy tales and through their work in linguistics. Linguistics relates to how the sound in words shift over time through translations, specifically relating to how translations of tales were changed because of the switching between languages (Grimm Fairy Tales). Before being professors and taking an interest in linguistics, it was a tragedy that originally brought them to discovering the fairytales. Without the tragedy, who knows if the fairy tales would be around today? The Grimm Brothers grew interested in the fairy tales after their father died unexpectedly and the family grew very poor (Brothers Grimm). The Brothers later met a wise man that brought them to a library filled with old books containing a couple tales (Brothers Grimm). The flame continued as they read the tales and grew more of an interest. They started to listen to people’s favorite stories in order to hear vocal patterns and while doing this; it helped them to record the tales that would be later published (Grimm’s Fairy Tales). By understanding the linguistics behind story telling they were able to understand how the pieces of the tale fit together as best as possible. The Grimm Brothers were determined to preserve the true Germanic folktales as they were, however, once popularity spread amongst them, pieces in the story started changing (Brothers Grimm). Originally, the fairy tales were meant to be told at campfires and in taverns as entertainment to adults, not primarily to children like it is nowadays (Layt). Over the years, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm began a collection of the fairytales in the 1800’s that were like the previous European generations- gruesome and cruel (Brothers Grimm). By spending time in the library for a while, the brothers interest flourished and they officially gathered all the fairy tales in one big book that they named their own (Brothers Grimm). They began their own collection of books with stories and folktales, telling them mostly to women (Brothers Grimm). Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm kept a record of the tales and published them officially in 1812 called “Children’s and Household Tales”, with a follow up edition in 1814 (Hunt). Over the various new editions to the collections, the Brothers due to word pronunciation, altered the books as well as changing possible implications of sex, pregnancy and parents changed minor details (The Brothers Grimm). In the Grimm brothers first book, it contained 86 folktales and was popular and very successful (“Grimm…”). In the next volume, “Grimm’s Fairy Tales”, 70 more stories were added (“Grimm…”). After 6 editions, the book contained over 200 stories (“Grimm…”). The Brothers hard work and dedication throughout the course of making the books led to it being one of the most well known works of German literature in history (“Grimm…”). The time period in which the books were written reflects Germany’s state of being in many small Germanic communities. Fairy Tales takes places in Kingdoms, much like the small communities seen in Germany at the time (The Brothers Grimm). This also is an indication of alterations between tales due to the fact there was no unification and as the tale went...
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