The Brothers Grimm And Their Influence On Culture Essay

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In 1812, the Brothers Grimm published their first edition of Kinder- und Hausmärchen, Children 's and Household Tales. This collection of fairy tales was well-known for its violent and premarital sex content. However, why did the stories of the Brothers Grimm become less violent and more children friendly throughout the years? The editions of the Brothers Grimm Tales were greatly influenced by their culture and surroundings leading their first edition of Kinder- und Hausmärchen to be greatly different from the ones following. The Brothers Grimm started the research and writing of their stories during the Romantic period, “a movement in the arts that favored a return to nature and a greater focus on national culture, especially folk tales” (Brothers Grimm Biography). During this period of time, the Brothers did a lot of research into the past culture of their own country, Germany (Brothers Grimm Biography). One of the earliest influences on the culture of Germany was from Goethe who was an author of literature at the time (Brians). As Brent Robida continued to state in his article “Romantic Atheism and Blasphemy”, not only did the change from religious to atheist happen among people but authors and poets also started writing in a more “politically liberal form”. This meant that the change in religious views at the time of the Brothers Grimm helped them in their writing allowing them to be freer with their content. However, this did not save them from being accused of…

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