Most people cannot imagine coveted childhood fairytale with pure sadistic characters, blood, death and neglect. Disney motion pictures have depicted their classic fairytales by painting picture of princess with a loving parent, a dead parent, and a wonderful outlook on life with just the hope of dreams coming true. Many people cannot fathom the idea of a beloved fairytale containing the dark acts of rape, torture, and cannibalism. After all, Snow White’s apple was just meant to put her to sleep; and Sleeping Beauty did find her prince right? Wrong. In the original Grimm Fairytales Snow Whites apple was meant to kill her for good and Sleeping Beauty’s prince was
Everyone loves a good fairytale, and nothing is quite as magical and heartwarming as a Disney fairytale. The themes of love, comedy, and morality deem them as more than just little kids' stories, but suitable and entertaining tales for the entire family. This is known by a majority of the stories' readers. However, what one may not be so familiar with is the origin of these tales. Where did the stories of Cinderella, Ariel, and Rapunzel come from? The Disney writers certainly did not create them themselves. The differences in the originals will shock anyone familiar with Disney. And what about Snow White? There are differences between the original Brothers Grimm version of the ebony-haired, white-skinned princess and the Disney movie, believe it or not. Some major differences between both versions are the multiple ways the evil queen tries murdering her stepdaughter, the cause of Snow White's revival, as well as how the evil queen died. Why the story was altered is obvious:
When comparing the Grimm Brothers story and Disney’s version, they have three major differences. By Disney changing Cinderella from the original Grimm version, they were taking the dark and twisty parts and changing them into a more enjoyable scene. The changes between the two stories are so drastic you might have never thought Disney’s Cinderella was originally based off of Grimm’s written version,
In contrast with the Grimm version, the punishment in the Disney version is more of an emotional punishment. Whereas the Grimm version had a physical punishment. The only punishment for the stepmother and stepsisters is that they just have to see Cinderella get what they wanted, which was to marry the prince. This is extremely hard for them because that was what they wanted the most and now they have to see their step sister and maid who was “ much too dirty to be seen” (Grimm) get what they wanted. They are probably also pretty angry and upset about what happened. It is noticeable in the film that they are all furious that Cinderella got to become the princess. The Disney version made this the only punishment in the story because the punishment in the Grimm version was too gory. The Disney movie is directed towards children so they could not make it too gory, but they also had to teach the lesson. This version did a good job exemplifying the theme, however the punishment in the Grimm version is just more effective, as noted before.
A lot of the fairy tale stories that we have seen as young adults and even as adults are original folk tale stories that have been modified and rewritten to accommodate our new cultures. Cinderella happens to be one of these stories that have been changed over the years. There are many different versions of Cinderella, an African Cinderella, a Hungarian Cinderella and even a Chinese version. All of the Cinderella’s are similar in plot, but the author dictates the story’s theme based on the people whom he is writing for which completely changes the story’s tone, mood and other elements. While Perrault's version stresses the values and materialistic worries of his middle-class audience, Grimm’s' focus is on the harsh realities of life
Differences are in Perrault’s version he stresses the values and materialistic worries of the middle-class while Grimm’s version focus on harsh realities of life associated with the peasant culture. Also, Grimm’s version the help that Cinderella gets do not come from the fairy god-mother but the wishing tree that grows on her mother grave; stepsisters try to trick the prince by cutting off parts of their feet in order to get the slippers and not like other versions by just simply trying the shoe on. Another is the prince is alerted by two pigeons who peck out the stepsisters eyes, and also in the Grimm’s version the prince get tricked twice but spared by the birds. In which this lowers the prince’s status and he seems less heroic, and raising Cinderella’s status as a strong-willed individuals. Brothers Grimm portrays Cinderella as a headstrong orphan who becomes a heroine by standing up for herself even though it may result in punishment in which is completely different from the other versions because the prince try to find Cinderella and become the heroic person. Also, the writing style is different which completely modifies the tale.
Staying true to the traditional tale, the evil queen is in search of eternal youth and beauty and becomes enraged when the magic mirror informs her that Snow White can replace her as “fairest of them all”. The evil queen orders the Huntsman to find Snow White who has escaped her imprisonment from the confines of the castle and dark kingdom. Enthralled by Snow Whites charm and beauty, the Huntsman instead takes on the role of her protector and warrior mentor. Much of the movie is the Huntsman and Snow White’s journey to escape the evil queen and find an army to battle the evil queen to reinstate Snow White to her rightful place on the throne. Don’t worry the beloved dwarfs are a part of this version, though a little rough around the edges, much to the dismay of you Disney fans. Deviating from the original tale, the love interest has been changed. Although, the movie does include a Prince Charming, it is the ruggedly handsome Huntsman who is meant to wake Snow White with his kiss.
If you were to compare Charles Perrault with the Grimm Brothers they both wrote in the beginning that the stepsisters’ treat her poorly but in the end it is different because in the Grimm Brothers the sisters get consequences from birds. In the Charles Perrault Cinderella they forgave Cinderella for all of their wickedness and Cinderella accepts the apologization and gives them lodgings in the palace and 2 lords of the court. Only in the Grimm Brothers Cinderella, she has to pick up lentils that her stepsisters’ throw down for her to pick up. The Charles Perrault Cinderella difference that was stated affects the theme because since the sisters apologized to Cinderella she gave them a lodging and 2 lords which disagrees with the theme a little bit because the theme states that bad people never succeed. The first part doesn’t work because the stepsisters’ didn’t get a consequence in the Charles Perrault. In the Grimm Brothers one they did and in the Charles Perrault they got to live in the palace. Thatt is kind of like succeeding so that crosses out that bad people never succeed but the good people succeeding still works because in the end Cinderella gets married in both stories. The Cinder Maid and the Grimm Brothers are amazingly similar. They are
The fairy tales that we grew up with are not the originals. Disney and the brothers Grimm had two very different versions. While many of us grew up watching cute birds and mice following the woe begotten princess, the original stories were forgotten by most. These stories were far darker, ending in cruel justice for a stepsister or worse. The difference between aspects of the two tales discussed, in some instances, is the difference between night and day. Grimm fairy tales contain more violence, harsher villains, and swifter justice.
Have you ever had a dark and gloomy day? Imagine having that feeling every single day. The Grimm’s Cinderella was written in 1812. 1812 was one of the harshest years for America. An event that formed it was the war against Great Britain and the United States. Not only was there a war, but there was also a series of disastrous harvests. Taxes got higher, and more than twenty people who were involved with a Luddite Act were hung. In 1812, there was also the only assassination of a prime minister, who was shot dead in the House of Commons. The Grimm Brothers have put the dark times of 1812 into their stories. Some of their stories contain violence, child abuse, and wicked mothers. They came up with these types of stories after their father died, and when they struggled out of school. That gave them enough time to research and put together a collection of folk tales. Now you can see why the Grimm’s Cinderella was dark and gloomy. Although the plot stayed the same, over the years, the story did get lighter. Disney’s Cinderella came out in 1950. In 1950, learning information was not by fear, but by engaging happiness. Disney’s Cinderella transforms the Grimm’s Cinderella into a happier atmosphere. While some similarities between Disney’s Cinderella and Grimm’s Cinderella are noticeable, the differences are pronounced, especially when referring to the slippers, her father, and the ball.
The original story by Giambattista differs from Disney’s new interpretation in that it explores rape. In Disney’s version of sleeping beauty the princess named Aurora is awakened from a true loves kiss. The story is told to children all over the world and is seen as appropriate for them. The original version of this story involves Talia, the princess, being raped. The Prince laid the dead princess on her bed “where he gathered the first fruits of love” (Basile). This version of the story is grossly inappropriate for today’s modern generation of children and is far from the happy ending we are used to. Fairy tales where not originally intended on being entertainment for children however through constant revisions they seemed to target their imagination, essentially causing them to be successful tales. Clearly the earlier version of sleeping beauty contains ideas that are not yet suitable for
When examining adaptations of fairytales you must look at the original source. This can be a very difficult task because with fairytales we never really know where the original came from. I will base my paper on the theory that the original tale of Cinderella comes from the Grimm Brothers version of Ashputtle. In comparison we will examine two movies. First there is the Disney version Cinderella. Secondly we will look at the movie 'Ever After'.
Perrault’s version is the most well-known, for the glass slippers and pumpkin carriage. And the one with the most modern interpretations. While the Brother Grimm’s version reads more like a short horror story than a children 's fairytale. My version is a combination of both. Mostly based on Perrault yet I’ve incorporated some of the active personality of the Grimm 's protagonist besides to some violent elements which gives it a Grimm’s vibe. While researching my fairy tale I was taken back to the time when I’d read the tale, recalling how I didn’t question her submissive nature. I accepted that it should be this way and although my eyes would become teary, the younger version of me couldn’t see any way out of the situation other than marrying the prince.I have completely reimagined Cinderella.
In addition to the world visually changing, you also have to keep into consideration the time period it was created. Each of these stories were created in very different times. In 1937, the depression was at its peak and Walt Disney wanted Snow White to help people understand that true love was still possible. He wanted people to be able to relate to Snow White. He dressed her in rags and showed that she still had goodness in her heart even though she was treated badly. The Brothers Grimm wanted to write a story to more or less teach people lessons on life, rather than entertain them on how true love was still possible. And then you have “Mirror, Mirror”, which was to encourage the viewers to help others with pure compassion.
The story of Sleeping Beauty has evolved over time and has been changed slightly throughout the different versions. It has changed in order to fit social norms for the time and context has been altered to appeal to the current audiences. The three main versions of Sleeping Beauty are the Charles Perrault in 1697, which was adapted from the original fairy tale Sun, Moon, and Talia by Giambattistas Basile in 1634. Perraults version was a tale of rape, adultery and cannibalism. The Brothers Grimm interpretation, from 1812 that made the story more tame and the Walt Disney version from 1959 that was drawn mainly from the St. Petersburg Ballet version of 1890 and the Grimm Brothers