Disney's Adaptation Of Cinderella

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We have all seen the ending of Disney’s adaptation of Cinderella. The prince falls in love with the mysterious beauty that shows up to the ball and they live happily ever after. But what about when Cinderella’s step-sisters cut their foot off in order to fit the glass slipper? We also fell in love with the 2010 hit movie Rapunzel, where we learned about the hopeful independent girl who grew up in a tower alone and fell for the mischievous rough rider. The one part we missed though was when Rapunzel became pregnant at the end of the movie. The gruel and missing endings of these stories and many other beloved fairytales are courtesies of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. These unusual endings are representations of how Disney movies have altered …show more content…
The brothers spent much of their time together which made it easy for them to work together. Both brothers studied literature and language as they grew up. Sparked by the romanticism time period, the Grimm brothers became interested in writing stories, specifically fairy tales. The Grimm brother’s vicious gritty stories “never even set out to entertain kids” written with “footnotes and no illustrations”, the stories were made to appeal to an adult audience (History 1). Disney has shaped the original tales by the Grimm brothers to be enjoyed by a young audience. Unlike the gorey fairy tales, children growing up with Disney movies have been able to witness the stories with positive endings. As the brother’s dark tales have aged, the stories have become “revised, and crucially, more and more child-friendly” to attract kids to the age old stories. (Enoch 2). Many of the original tales’ alterations to appeal to children censor and even delete parts of the brother’s adaptations. Because of many differences between Grimm and Disney, audiences are able to see how modern society has facilitated …show more content…
Some end with the character’s lesson and a happily ever after while others learn their lesson by having their fingers chopped off. That sounds gruesome if you ask me. One element that sets Grimm’s stories apart from other people’s adaptations is “ they are so blunt and unpretentious” leaving current readers shocked(Gale 1). Back in the days of the Grimm’s writing, lessons about lying or stealing were quickly learned by the vile ending of a limb being cut off and even sometimes death. Today, Disney has made their stories a lot more censored and have protected children from the endings of the original stories. The characters punishments also show how times have changed between modern society and the past. Older tales “made no effort to spare young readers excessive horror” due to how they grew up (Infobase 2). Children’s punishment during those times were a lot worse than punishments most kids receive today. Times were rough and children were faced with working jobs adults should have only done and became responsible for actions they probably should not have been left to do. The conditions kids suffered under then are seen through the fairy tales. Modern tales revised the dreadful endings in an “effort to mute the severity of outcomes of bad behavior” and “retain their moral consequences” so parents could continue telling the stories to their children (Blooms 2). It has been important as time has gone by for the stories

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