Rapunzel, Rapunzel

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Diana Simpson
Mr. Todd
English composition 1001-27
December 15, 2011
Rapunzel, Rapunzel
Stories told and collected in the 1800’s served up life as generation of central Europeans knew it- capricious and very often malicious. The Grimm Brothers were accidental entertainers who were determined to preserve these tales from disappearing, by writing them down. The readers found the tales so bewitching that the Grimm Brothers and editors started “fixing” things. Things then got softer, sweeter, and primarily moral, so that in current times it’s now easier to recreate the story into a movie. When remaking a story into a movie, parts of the story stay unchanged for the sake of the story. But new parts are added for filler and content, thus destroying the original foundation. The remaking of a great story into a movie causes deterioration to the unique spirit of the story, while at the same time maintaining some of the dark cruel aspects of it.

The story of Rapunzel is well known to readers of all ages. A lonesome couple wanting a child lives next to a walled garden belonging to an enchantress. The wife being pregnant with the child she always wanted started having cravings for the Rapunzel plant in the garden. Her craving is so physically powerful that her husband must sneak into the garden to retrieve it for her. After breaking into the garden for the third night in a row he is caught by the enchantress. Dame Gothel agrees to be lenient on the man, on the condition that he surrenders his daughter to her when she is born. Once born, the baby girl is taken to be raised by the enchantress, and is named Rapunzel.

Rapunzel, with her long golden hair, is the most gorgeous child in the world. She was so beautiful that by the time she reached the age of twelve she was locked away in a tower, away from the world. With nothing to do to pass the time, she sang. Her songs drew the attention of a prince. This prince visited day after day, avoiding Dame...
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