Sleeping Beauty - Differences between two stories

Topics: Fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, Giambattista Basile Pages: 3 (1346 words) Published: October 4, 2013
Fairy tales have been around for many generations. They have been read to children all over the world because of how they can relate to children no matter what culture they come from. One of the more well known fairy tales is ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The most commonly known version today is the Disney movie, created in 1959. This movie was based on the Grimm’s version of Sleeping Beauty called ‘Little Brier-Rose’ which was written in 1812 in Germany. Another less known version of Sleeping Beauty is ‘Sun, Moon and Talia’ which was written in 1634 Italy by Giambattista Basile. Both ‘Little Brier-Rose’ and ‘Sun, Moon and Talia’ are classified as Sleeping Beauty stories because they include the components of a typical Sleeping Beauty tale. The main components are a princess cursed to a deep sleep until a nobleman wakes her with a kiss. The characters in the stories may have many differences but the key characteristics that are recognised in Sleeping Beauty characters are still apparent. One main difference between ‘Little Brier-Rose’ and ‘Sun, Moon and Talia’ is the sleeping princess. The first and most obvious difference between the two princesses is their name. In ‘Sun, Moon and Talia’ the princesses is named ‘Talia’ which is a Hebrew name that means dew of God. In Grimm’s version she is named ‘Brier-Rose’ which is an English name meaning rose within a prickly shrub. The change in names is just a way of making the versions different. The princess in the Grimm’s version is cursed to death by a vengeful fairy that was uninvited to the celebration of her birth. This curse was softened by the final fairy’s good wish: "It shall not be her death. She will only fall into a hundred-year sleep." (‘Little Brier-Rose’, Paragraph 4). In Basile’s version the king‘... sent for the wise men and astrologers in his lands, to predict her future …they came to the conclusion that she would incur great danger from a splinter of flax.’ (‘Sun, Moon and Talia’, Paragraph 1). She is then...
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