Fictional Friday: Grimm’s Tales

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Some of the most iconic stories come from the Grimm brothers, Wilhelm and Jacob.  The ones that most people have heard of include “Cinderella,” “Rapunzel,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Little Briar-Rose (Sleeping Beauty),” “Rumplestiltskin” and “Snow White.”

What most people don’t realize is that there is so much dark imagery in the tales that is lost in Disney and other renditions.  In Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel,” the kids are abandoned in the woods by their abusive stepmother.  Did anyone else not know that or is it just me?  I always saw the version where the kids just walked into the woods for some random reason and were leaving breadcrumbs, but they still got lost anyway.  In the end, the kids outsmart the witch and push her into the oven, where she dies a painful death.  The kids then find the witches gems and treasure, which they take with them and live richly with their father.  So, in essence, Hansel and Gretel are some of the first young murderers and robbers, but it’s still considered a children’s story.

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