From the untold story of Cinderella
to the dark twist in the story of Snow White
, here are 8 truths behind some of your favorite fairy tales.
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4 - Rapunzel
– Rapunzel was first published in 1634 by Giambattista Basile
and later adapted by the Brothers Grimm
in 1812. In the
earlier works, the plot is very similar to the eventual Disney
version – even the name of Mother Gothel
remains the same – but a few key elements are different. For one thing, Rapunzel’s parents are not a king and queen, but a just lonely couple who lives next door to Gothel
. Also, Rapunzel’s father willingly gives her to Gothel in exchange for the magic flowers growing on her property. Talk about Daddy issues
Rapunzel is locked in the tower and a prince hears her singing and climbs up to meet her. They fall in love and want to marry. When Gothel finds out that Rapunzel is pregnant she cuts off Rapunzel’s hair and shuts her out into the wilderness. Gothel then tricks the prince up to the tower where he throws himself out of the window when he finds out Rapunzel’s gone – instead of just going out and finding her. He’s blinded by the thorny bushes he landed on. He eventually hears Rapunzel singing in the woods and is drawn to her. Her tears restore his sight and they live happily ever after.
3 - The Pied Piper
– Published by the Brothers Grimm, this one is truly terrifying. The story goes that the Mayor of the town of Hamelin, Germany
needed to get rid of an infestation of rats plaguing the town. He hired the pied piper to come and lead them away. The pied piper
came and using his magic flute, lured all the rats out of the town. When he tried to collect his payment, the Mayor started low balling him and this angered the Pied piper
. He threatened the town that they’d be sorry they ever messed with him. The next morning at dawn, the pied piper made his way through the town playing his flute, but only the children could hear it. They all followed him in a trance out of the town, through the woods and a forest, to a mountain. A door in the mountain creaked open revealing a cave. The children followed him inside and the door shut. A landslide came and blocked the door forever. Only one child escaped and went back to tell the villagers all the children were lost forever.
2 - The Little Mermaid
written in 1836, The Little Mermaid was a Danish
fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen
. The Disney version borrowed some basic ideas from the original, but left out a lot of the dark moments. For instance, in exchange for her voice, the evil sea witch will give the mermaid legs which will always feel like she’s walking on sharp knives. And if the mermaid can’t make the prince fall in love with her, she will die if he marries someone else and turn into sea foam. When the prince does arrange to marry someone else, the mermaid’s sisters bring her a knife to kill the prince so that her own life can be saved. She can’t kill the prince, so she throws herself into the sea and immediately turns to sea foam.
1 - Cinderella - There’s probably no story more classic than Cinderella. A girl is forced to slave the day away, cleaning and doing chores while her step mother and step sisters get to do whatever they want, usually making fun of Cinderella the whole time. The story was told by the Brothers Grimm in a slightly different way than Disney. While the essence stays the same – evil stepmother, check – evil step sisters, check – special fancy shoes, check - the main differences are that instead of a fairy godmother, Cinderella is visited by a white bird who visits Cinderella at her mother’s grave and gives Cinderella anything she wishes for. Another main difference
is the violence, there’s a whole lot of violence. One of the stepsisters cuts off her toes to make the slipper fit, while the other cuts off her heel. When the prince and Cinderella finally get married some doves come and peck out the eyes of the step sisters leaving them blind.
- published: 11 Aug 2016
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