In order to understand why the Grimm Brothers do what they do, it’s imperative to know their early history. I’d like to begin with why the Jacob and Wilhelm even decided that these tales were worthy of being kept around. Jacob and Wilhem Grimm were born in a Hanau, Germany in 1785 and 1786. They received their primary education at home, but when their father passed away the Grimm family lost its money (Acocella). Their father passed away in 1796, and after that their mother passed in 1808 leaving the two elder brothers in full responsibility for their younger sibilings (Zipes). They were impoverished and that was exacerbated by the Napoleonic wars going on at the time (Zipes). Through persistence somehow the Grimm Brothers managed to be able to attend law school under the wishes of their late father (Acocella). After attending college, the pair went towards a new project, one that would make them famous (Acocella). Although the pair f...
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...luential folklore not only in Germany, but also the rest of the world. The books came in second to the Bible where German was the native language because they were that popular (Zipes). Why do the tales still resonate with us though? Jack Snipes would argue that the Grimm’s are still relevant to us because “they indicate how we can transform ourselves, and our conditions to live in a better world”, and I personally think that he is correct, but I also think that they might still hold some entertainment value for us also (Zipes). Why else would it be used for shows like Once Upon a Time if it wasn’t a) entertaining and b) taught today’s children some kind of lesson about how you can change yourself and the world? Once Upon a Time may take some liberties with the show, but deep down they are still using the basics of the Grimm fairy tales just without all the gore.
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