Are the tales by the Grimm Brothers really grim?

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  • 8 months ago
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    Yes. Many were meant as warnings to children not to wander around in the woods or to trust strangers, and many originally ended with the children dying. They've been cleaned up for modern audiences.

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  • 7 months ago

    Tina gave you the best answer.

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  • 8 months ago

    I'll say. Hansel and Gretel shove the cannibal witch into a stove to bake her - this is after their parents abandoned them. Another witch has to dance in red hot iron shoes. The Pier Piper took a commission from the city of Hamlin to get rid of all the rats. He did, and when they refused to pay him, he led all the children out of the city to be sealed up forever in a mountain.

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  • Tina
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    8 months ago

    There are no 'tales by the Grimm Brothers.' Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were academics, philologists, and cultural researchers, who, as part of their research, collected folk tales which they published.

    They did not write them. Because folk and fairy tales were originally told by adults to adult audiences (although the children could well have been listening) the stories were sometimes disturbing (and because the brothers were collecting stories when and where they did, they could also be anti-semitic - this has often been softened in translation). But I don't know where the stories ending in children dying comes from. On the whole they are not about children - the protagonists tend to be grown up.

    The fact that the brothers' surname was Grimm - which sounds like the English word 'grim' has no reference to the subject matter.

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