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Grimms' Fairy Tales

Grimms' Fairy Tales

by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

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Quote #4

Once again the king danced with the beautiful maiden and thought that she had never been more beautiful. […] Then All Fur ran into the kitchen and cooked soup for the king. When the cook was away, she put the golden reel into the bowl. So, when the king found the reel at the bottom of the bowl, he summoned All Fur […] Then he seized her hand and held it tight, and when she tried to free herself and run away, the fur cloak opened a bit, and the dress of bright stars was unveiled. The king grabbed the cloak and tore it off her. Suddenly her gold hair toppled down, and she stood there in all her splendor unable to conceal herself any longer. (All Fur, 242)

Though it seems a bit, er, forced, this scene shows the transformation of beautiful mystery woman to kitchen maid and back again. Makeover reality TV shows got nothing on fairy tales (and, in fact, their popularity may be linked; you read fairy tales as a kid, and graduate to reality TV when you're older and presumably have more sophisticated tastes, though still the same hunger for viewing transformations).

Quote #5

This made the princess extremely angry, and after she picked him up, she threw him against the wall with all her might. "Now you can have your rest, you nasty frog!" However, when he fell to the ground, he was no longer a frog but a prince with kind and beautiful eyes. (The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich.4)

Nope, she doesn't have to kiss the frog to turn him back into a prince in every version of this tale. Thank goodness; clammy kisses are disgusting. She'd much rather hurl the poor guy against a stone wall.

Quote #6

In return the little man spun the straw into gold once again. (Rumpelstiltskin.195)

It'd sure be nice to be able to spin straw into gold, though it'd probably wreak havoc on the economy. Given that the Industrial Revolution was one social context for these tales, though, it might make sense that they ponder the effects of the magically enhanced production of goods.

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