Fairy Tales By The Grimm Brothers Essay

2559 Words Mar 26th, 2016 11 Pages
Fairy tales are often pictured as the stories parents would be reading at bedtime to their children before going to sleep. Mostly made of extraordinary features and starting with the famous “Once Upon a Time” are the stereotypes of fairy tales. Actually, the term fairy tales comes directly from French that is literally translated from contes de fées. In 1698, Countess Aulnoy initiated the use of the term “Contes de Fées” for the title of a book, and others writers started using the same term right away even if the stories did not contain any fairies in it (Zipes, The Irresistible Fairy Tale 24). Another milestone of the development of fairy tales was the Grimm brothers’ book, originally called Kinder- und Hausmärchen. Some of the most famous fairy tales were collected in the book, like “Cinderella”, “Sleeping Beauty” and “Hansel and Gretel”. Other tales, less famous and extremely violent such as “The Jew in the Thornbush” were also gathered in the collection. First I will cover the Grimm Brothers background and audience, the political atmosphere of Germany in the nineteenth century, the violence in their book focusing on the tale “The Jew in the Thornbush”, then I will put the violence in perspective of anti semitism during World War II, and what impact it had on ordinary people. To my understanding, the Grimm brothers were trying to strengthen the national feeling of the German-speaking people in the late nineteenth century in opposition to the French adversary through…

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