From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Grimms' Fairy Tales

Grimms' Fairy Tales

  

by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Grimms' Fairy Tales Theme of Loyalty

Be loyal, or be in deep doo-doo, goes the message of many of Grimms' Fairy Tales. It doesn't matter what you think you stand to gain by betraying someone, or whether it's just hilarious to stick it to 'em. Disloyal friends and siblings are lucky to get away only missing a few body parts; mostly they're just killed. Sometimes lovers or spouses are enchanted and forget each other, and that's usually worth forgiving. But otherwise? Don't risk it. We don't recommend even making catty comments about how that dress totally doesn't match those glass slippers.

Questions About Loyalty

  1. Some of the tales bring sibling rivalry to whole new heights. What are some of the causes of these nasty sibling relationships? Where'd the loyalty go?
  2. Would you apply the term bromance to any of the fairy tales in this collection? Why or why not? 
  3. Whose relationships are most loyal in the tales? Whose are least? Any patterns?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Love conquers all…or does it?

You're in deep. The best back-up plan you could have in a fairy-tale "oh crap!" situation is a loyal friend, not cleverness, beauty, or goodness.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement