Disney vs. Grimm Fairytales (Rough Draft) Fairytales have majorly altered throughout history in a variety of disturbing ways. Grimm’s fairytales were known as gruesome parables that spoke of harsh realities and were told to people of all ages. Disney is identified by their hopeful and imaginary stories aimed at the audience of children. The reasoning behind this stark contrast of fairy tales is for numerous diverse explanations. Disney, alike many other popular storytellers, want these known stories to be friendly, animated, and with an intended audience of children. This is ironic because a retired professor of German and comparative literature from the University of Minnesota, Jack Zipes, directly compares this theme to a news interviewer that “the Grimm’s did not collect these tales for children. They collected these tales to show what life was like. And they wanted to reveal what they considered the divine truths of the tales.” It is obvious that Disney does not have the same motive as the Grimm’s did. Zipes also confirms this by mentioning that “they felt that storytelling was next to …show more content…
Justyna Deszcz wrote an article based on Zipes’ political and socio-historical approach and added a variety of facts she had collected from many other authors and articles. Deszcz believes that the reason we have shifted into the submissive and “family-friendly” theme of fairy tales is because “the fairytale has been reduced to a mass-produced commodity, to be purchased and owned, and to bring in considerable profit. What is more, the fairytale is being used as a source and a vehicle of powerful self-mirroring images affirming the existing value system, and thus lulling audiences into passivity and compliance.” This point proves that the original thought of harsh realities needing to be exposed in story telling has converted to just being a profitable way to tell simple-minded children’s
Many families have many traditions, but one tradition that is common among all households is that they read fairy tales to their children right before they put them to sleep. They do this to fill their minds with good positive thoughts and leave them with something to think about. Religion dictates the characteristics of familiar fairy tales as religion provides a moral and ethical framework for having a good life, an ideal goal parents want their children to have. On the whole, fairy tales are constantly changed to adhere to cultural or social beliefs that are deemed important by diverse people in a community.
The child will extract different meaning from the same fairy tale, depending on his interests and needs of the moment. When given the chance, he will return to the same tale when he is ready to enlarge on old meaning, or replace them with new ones. (12) In this context, the generation of postmemory and the discovery of the authentic meaning of fairy tales are linked in the figure of Becca. She was the child who empathized with this story and identifies her grandmother as the main character despite she had not admitted it previously.
Many families have many traditions, but one tradition that is common among all households is that they read fairy tales to their children right before they put them to sleep. They do this to fill their minds with good positive thoughts and leave them with something to think about. Fairytales are constantly changed to adhere to cultural or social beliefs that are deemed important by diverse families. Religion dictates the characteristics of familiar fairy tales as religion provides a moral and ethical framework to having a good life, an ideal goal parents want their children to have.
Storytelling has been passed down from one generation to another, whether it be for adults or children. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are well known for their collection of fairy tales, the Kinder Und Hausmärchenal (Children’s and Household Tales) which are now known as The Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Their fairy tales are known to be gruesome. Many of their tales have self-mutilation, heads are cut off, children injured, dangerous journeys, bullying, cannibalism, jealousy, punishments, etc. However, through the help of magic, talking animals, helpers, fairies, godmothers, etc.
Once upon a time, fairy tales were not the pleasing and entertaining tales that are people recite to their children, but they were gruesome stories of characters depicting the society around the orator. They were told orally at first from grandfather to father to son and along these several generations, the connotations have changed dramatically. Also, even the folklore that was written down was skewed by generations of constant alterations. An excellent example is Scheherazade’s One Thousand and One Nights also known as The Arabian Nights. The most well known and most modified tale “Alaeddin or the Wonderful Lamp” is about a unconcerned “Chinese” boy who gets tricked by a sorcerer, but with the help of his two genies he saves himself and marries
People love a good fairytale story. Disney as a company has made insane amounts of money on that fact. The simplest way of telling these stories are through movies. Many people, like myself, love these films and don’t dig exceptionally deep into them. Other’s however, can’t or won’t see past the times.
You have surely heard many of the Brother’s Grimm’s Fairy Tales, but do you know much of the Brother’s Grimm? Jacob’s birth was January 4, 1785, Hanau, Germany and Wilhelm’s birth was February 24, 1786, Hanau, Germany both coming from a Christian background with many siblings. Their full names are Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm and Wilhelm Carl Grimm. Wilhelm married while Jacob stayed single. The Brother’s Grimm’s last name means harsh, yet all the stories they collected, had happy endings!
Through story-telling, adults are able to pass down morals and traditions that were taught to them. In his book, “The Irresistible Fairy Tale,” Jack Zipes notes that fairytales are the means of communication to create an environment that is stable and adaptable to humans. He explains why they are created and why they become a part of cultures worldwide. “Fairy tales are informed by a human disposition to action—to transform the world and make it more adaptable to human needs, while we also try to change and make ourselves fit for the world. Therefore, the focus of fairy tales, whether oral, written, or cinematic, has always been on finding magical instruments, extraordinary technologies, or powerful people and animals that will enable protagonists to transform themselves along with their environment, making it more suitable for living in peace and contentment.”
In the ancient world, Fables were not meant to be for children. Their pedagogical intent was supposedly addressed to an illiterate population, which needed to be taught the values of the society and how to behave in it. In fact, the concept of Fables as children-oriented literature is recent and have its roots in the eighteenth-century, even though there are some proofs of older fables intended to educate children . Harriet Spielberg is the author of “Instructing the Children: Advice from the twelfth-century Fables of Marie the France”, an article published in 1989, in volume 17 of Children Literature (pp. 25-26). Spielberg’s thesis can be summarized as follow: some of Marie de France’s fables were, in the middle ages, imagined and intended for children and have a didactic purpose for their education.
However, in the 17th and 18th century, not all was perfect. Fairy tales were horrific - illustrating gory details of incest, murder and cannibalism. According to The Guardian online newspaper, fairy tales exposed the dangers of the real world with lessons to be very courageous and careful. Recently, there have been many arguments on whether ‘happily ever afters’ are realistically possible, considering the gender stereotypes, patriarchal society and gruesome stories expressed in the original fairy tales. Therefore, to what extent have fairy tales had a positive impact on children when examined through a gender and psychological lens?
Always Expect More Fairy tales and parables are more puissant than any other speech or book, because of their impressive impact on people all over the globe. Not only do they teach many lessons, but they are also very entertaining. For instance, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a very famous folk tale about an Emperor who gets tricked into purchasing an invisible outfit because of his selfishness and pride. The Emperor also goes out in public “wearing” that outfit and, in result, embarrassed himself in front of his whole kingdom. To most people, this may seem like a worthless, little story; however, that is because most people nowadays never seem to look for more treasure or dig any deeper than what is on the surface.
Fairy tales have passed from generation to generation, almost as a rite of passage, throughout western civilization. Whether it is the tales of the Grimm Brothers’ or modern Disney versions, fairy tales have permeated society for ages. The question is whether they are merely stories told to children for entertainment or something more. Every tale offers children morals to live up to such as not trusting strangers to being kind to animals. Are morals all that are provided though?
The topic of Fairy tales and boiling them down to their original essences to prove that they satirize reality is a peculiar topic due to the fact that fairy tales are praised in our society. They provide us humans with dreams and unrealistic views on everyday life. What if this so called “tale” is satirizing our everyday life because our society put those “tales” on a high pedestal, high enough for them to look down on us. In Rags and Bones: New Twist on Timeless Tales, does Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt succeed to reveal the true nature of tales by “boiling down the stories to rags and bones, and make something new from their fundamental essences” thus speaking to contemporary
Household stories like Cinderella and Rapunzel come from the brothers Grimm (“Grimm's Fairy Tales”). These stories have been adapted into children's stories throughout time, however the brothers have written them with opposite intentions. Their stories are meant to be for adults, serving as an escape from their routine life, into a world with endless
Fairy tales, fictional stories told to children in hopes to teach them a lesson, many of the common stories people consider fairytales have been told many times, some darker than others. Not only do these fairytales contain a lesson, they also hold many literary devices that are commonly used in many of the stories we have today. Two fairy tales that are a prime example of having many literary devices is the Brothers Grimm stories, the “Juniper Tree” and “Hansel and Gretel”. Although, there are plenty literary devices scattered throughout the two fairytales, the objective of this paper is to tell of only three literary terms and how they coordinate with the two fairytales listed earlier. The literary terms that fit perfectly with the two tales