The Brothers Grimm 's Fairy Tales

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In the 19th century the Brothers Grimm fairy tales gave us, sex, vengeance, cruelty, crime and murder. When the Brothers Grimm wanted to get across their morals, they used the sex, vengeance, cruelty, crime and murder. For example, in Cinderella the step sisters, cut off parts of their feet to fit into the golden slipper, and The Little Mermaid died at the end of her story. In the 20th Century, we have more of a sugar coated approach to fairy tales. For example, in Cinderella her step sisters, simply tried to squeeze into the glass slipper and Little Mermaid ended up with her prince. Now in the 21st century, the fairy tales have stayed the same but , the style of sci-fi and other horror films and fairy tales have gone back to what it was…show more content…
“Historians tell us that fairy tales originated in the age marked by wars, plague, and famine” Maria Tater writes in the Annotated Brothers Grimm, a 200th-anniversary reprint (W.W. Nortan, 552PP) but then again, that could be said about any age in human history. The Grimm tales take place in European landscape of villages and castles surrounded by forests, and they feature recognizable preindustrial types: longsuffering peasants, quick-witted artisans, provided yet insecure royalty. Love, hate, jealousy, envy, greed, fear, and ambition are the root of folk tales in the universal and fundamental human emotions. “Pride is a mortal sin, kindness the cardinal virtue; these are the values of people who see the world as a dangerous place, where a helping hand may be required to snatch you from the clutches of capricious fate”. The ubiquity of magical creatures and events hints at an underlying understanding that in reality happy endings are hard to come by--that without supernatural assistance, Cinderella would still be sleeping in the ashes after a hard day 's work and the miller 's daughter in "Rumpelstiltskin" would have been put to death for failing to spin straw into gold.” Resourcefulness and courage matter in folk tales, but luck matters more. Although Wilhelm Grimm added some pious exhortations, folk tales inhabit and illuminate a morally ambiguous universe. “Pure, virtuous
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