The Grimm Brothers : The Rise Of Romantic Nationalism Essay

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Influenced by the rise of romantic nationalism, the Grimm brothers published a collection of German fairy tales in the 1812 as an effort to preserve German folk tradition. Hidden within the text of each fairy tales were attitudes toward society. This included religion, which was a fundamental aspect of German culture. The Catholic Church gained power through their large membership throughout Germany and Europe. It became so powerful that the Catholic clergy were wealthy and corrupt. Eventually, the Catholic church and the monarchy were synonymous with each other. As a result, Martin Luther posted his Ninety-five Thesis on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, which stated the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church and inconsistencies in its teachings. Immediately after, some towns converted to Protestantism, while others remained loyal to the Pope. In the seventeenth century, the Thirty Years War began when Pope Ferdinand II tried to impose Catholicism on the people of Europe. By the time the Grimm brothers published the collection of fairy tales, Germany was split between Protestantism and Catholicism.
The fairy tales were passed on from generation to generation through oral tradition, suggesting that many different versions of each story existed. The Grimm Brothers chose the German version of the tales as well as interjecting their own personal beliefs. As a result, the tales that are published today are both a culmination of German society and the Grimm Brothers’ prejudices.…

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