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Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

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Year the brothers Grimm left their city of employment after they were fired from the University of Göttingen for refusing to swear allegiance to King Ernest Augustus 1837 Year Walt Disney Studios released its first full-length animated feature—an adaptation of “Snow White” 1937 Editions of Grimms’ Fairy Tales published during the brothers’ lifetimes 7 Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm had in addition to each other—and one sister 3 Grimms’ Fairy Tales by the Numbers Stepmother, “Snow White” irror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest one of all? Sources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, National Endowment for the Humanities Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. The brothers Grimm shared an intense interest in Germanic folklore and began collecting folktales in the early 19th century with the goal of preserving the authentic voice of the German people. The Grimms published seven anthologies of stories that have captivated children for centuries. JACOB GRIMM (1785–1863) & WILHELM GRIMM (1786–1859) Authors Themes World of Justice In the fairy-tale world, evil never triumphs, bad deeds are punished, and good deeds are rewarded. Class Matters The fairy-tale world is socially hierarchical, with lower classes and children expected to obey upper classes and parents. Evil Stepmother Because the idea of a wicked mother is so frightening, stepmothers play the part of the villain who tests the heroine in many of the stories. Symbols The Forest Represents a dangerous and mysterious place, as well as a place of magic and refuge Beautiful Hair Symbolizes purity, sexuality, beauty, or wealth for some—but death for Snow White Cursed princess; sleeps for a century Briar Rose Uncomplaining servant; future princess Cinderella Hansel & Gretel Abandoned children; kill a kidnapping witch Frog King Handsome prince-turned-frog Rapunzel Long-haired girl imprisoned by a witch Snow White Innocent princess; hated by her stepmother Little Red Riding Hood Naive girl; saved from a wolf by a huntsman A collection of German folklore, Grimms’ Fairy Tales presents a world full of magical animals and objects, enchanted princes and princesses, and evil witches and stepmothers. Some tales come with their own life lessons while others reflect the anxieties and concerns of the time in which they were told. Once Upon a Time ... MAIN CHARACTERS German Original Language 1812, 1815 Years Published Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm Authors Grimms’ Fairy Tales Fairy Tales Children’s Literature

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