The Grimm Brothers : A Christian Perspective Of Fairy Tales Essay

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Imagine a young girl playing “dress up” in reenacting her favorite fairy tales such as Cinderella, who marries the prince who rediscovers her by her small shoe size because of this plot they lived “Happily Ever After”. However, not all fairy tales are innocent, like Walt Disney created them to be for modern society. In fact, most original fairy tales have gruesome and tragic plots such as the Gimms Brothers version of Cinderella. Where her two step sisters cut a part their feet to fit the small glass slipper of Cinderella. The scene is gruesome for there is blood everywhere and in the shoes because the girls desperately want to become princesses (Pullman). In order to understand the important influences of the Grimm Brothers fairy tales, it is vital to know their backgrounds to compare and contrast the psychology and a Christian perspective of fairy tales.
Defined by Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, the Grimm Brothers were Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm both were born in the later of the 17th century in Germany. Jacob was born in January 4th ,1785 was a philologist with the interest in Medieval literature and scientific evidence. Wilhelm was born February 24th, 1786 he was a literary critic and librarian (Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia). Both received a classical education and were brought up by the Reformed Calvinist Church. When they were younger, their aunt Henriette Zimmer helped them receive an education where they graduated at the top of their class. Later,…

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