Essay on The Grimm 's Fairy Tales

2390 Words May 8th, 2016 10 Pages
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, dubbed the brothers Grimm, are credited as the authors of popular fairy tales loved by children and shared by adults today. Both were born in Hanau, Germany, in the years of 1785 and 1786. With the death of their father, followed by a drop in family income, their mother pushed them to study law and philology at the University of Marburg. There, the brothers adopted an interest in medieval German literature and pursued a new career, in addition to their studies. When France occupied the German territories, Jacob was recommended as a librarian to the royal public library of the King and Queen of Westphalia, and Wilhelm as his assistant. The library and its books, able to be used at their disposal, served as an inspiration for their collection of fairy tales. Grimm’s Fairy Tales, compiled in Kinder- und Hausmärchen, was published in two volumes with over 200 stories, such as Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. The inclusion of Grimm’s Fairy Tales into the high school curriculum can provide insight on the cultural influences to popular fairy tales, allow for a comparison between original works and modern adaptations, and lead to opinion-based discussions on whether one version of the fairy tales is more influential than the other.
Kinder- und Hausmärchen, translated as Children’s and Household Tales, was not written to entertain children with fanciful adventures; it was written to preserve German history and for research. Germany, at the time…

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