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German 250 / CWL 250 / ENGL 267 Fall 2008 Questions About the Tales the Grimms Omitted (CFT), Brunvand's "Vanishing  Hitchhiker" (E-reserves), and Tatar's "Getting Even" ( Hard Facts , pp. 179-192) 1.  The reasons why Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm chose to omit tales like “How Some  Children Played at Slaughtering" and "The Castle of Murder" from their collections of  “Nursery and Household Tales” seem fairly obvious.  However, many of the tales that  did  make it into their collections, several of which we have already read, also contain  pretty horrific events.  We also know that the Grimms tended to edit sex out of the tales  more often than violence.  What seems to distinguish the omitted tales from the violent  tales that the Grimms  did  include?  2.  Why would a tale like “How Some Children Played at Slaughtering” even exist in the  first place—how did 
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2009 for the course GER 250 taught by Professor Jenkins during the Fall '08 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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