The Brothers Grimm

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The Brothers Grimm
By Isabelle Bauguess
Jakob Grimm was born on January 4, 1785 to Phillip and Dorothea Grimm. Wilhelm Grimm was born February 24, 1786. Wilhelm was very delicate as a child and often became sick. All of the Grimms were born in Hanau, Germany. Phillip and Dorothea Grimm had nine children. Three of whom died as infants. Jakob and Wilhelm’s siblings were Carl, Ferdinand, Ludwig, and Charlotte.

From childhood on, Jakob and Wilhelm were inseparable. They loved literature from an early age and often studied together. The Grimm’s had a very strong sense of family. They often helped each other by giving advice and money. Phillip’s sister taught Jakob and Wilhelm how to read, write, and multiply.

Phillip Grimm died January 1796. At the young ages of 11 and 10, Jakob and Wilhelm took over as their family’s providers. Both brothers decided to study law at the University of Marburg. Though Jakob never finished his studies, his teacher, Savigny, inspired and befriended him. In 1805, Savigny requested that Jakob accompany him to Paris to help him research, and Jakob happily went. Wilhelm, though, finished his studies and took his test to become a lawyer.

Just twelve years after their father’s death, the Grimm family experienced another death. Dorothea Grimm passed May 1808. She left behind 6 children without a source of income. The family was also emotionally scarred. Jakob and Wilhelm took charge of their four younger siblings, struggling to support the family for years to come.

In 1825, Wilhelm married Dortchen Wild. Dortchen and the Grimm’s had been friends for over twenty years. Sadly, in 1826, Wilhelm’s first son died at only a few weeks old.

The Grimm brothers’ 1st volume of tales was released in 1812. The Brothers were influenced by the German Romantic Movement. German romanticism dealt mainly with German history, stories or myths about nature, and fantasy or the supernatural. Some of their tales were made to be hard lessons...
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