Disney has been filming a wide range of fairy tales in recent decades. Who does not know Snow White and her seven dwarfs, Cinderella and Thunderstorm? All sweet stories about clean ladies, cow knights and malicious bad guys. Everything and everyone has his place, enemies are ugly and in and in common, the heroes are handsome, generosity and brave, and in the end it always goes well.
However, most fairy tales were not always like Disney they provided us with. Not only is there a vast array of fairy tales that it never kicked into cartoon. The fairy tales that have been filmed have often changed enormously and “adapted” to the modern audience. How dramatically the anticorous stories of today correspond to the horror stories of the past, please read below.
Before we start a little about fairy tales in general. In general, a fairy tale is a story, usually delivered orally, containing magic or fantasy elements (such as elves, dwarfs, enchanted apples and frog princes). Precisely because they were conveyed orally from ancient times, we can not say with certainty what our fairy talesare exactly the same. One of the first written forms, however, comes from the Italian Renaissance. The brothers Grimm from Germany hooked up later and wrote bundles of fairy tales. By the way, eastern and China fairy tales were already much more popular, but sober Europe went a long way over the spoken of spoken written tales. By the time they appeared in print, the fairy tale was a children’s story, but the very first orally transmitted stories were slightly less child-friendly.Death, torture and atrocities are common in the older stories, and while Disney has avoided them, they are getting the attention of this story.
10. Hamelen’s rotten catcher
One of the bundles of the brothers Grimm, the story of Hamelen’s ranger, is as follows: Hamelen is plagued by a rat paw and people are in despair. Suddenly a man appears in shady clothes and a flute on his belt, claiming that he can free the city from her heavy burden. Of course, the residents promise him big sums of money as he gets rid of all the rats from Hamelen. Easy to promise, they think, because such a thing is impossible. The ranger catches his whistle, starts to play, and as in battle, all the rats get out of their shelters and follow the whistle out of town. The ranger catches the beasts into the river, where they all drown. The city dwellers are crazy about dancing and dancing on the streets, but when the ranger returns to claim his money, their enthusiasm drops. They refuse to pay him, on which the ranger takes revenge. He grabs his whistle a second time, flirts another tune and pardoes begin to follow all the children’s steps. He directs them all out of the city and now we are at the point where the original fairy tales pave another way.
In the present version, the ranger takes the children to a cave where he hides them until he gets rid of the Hamelians. That plan succeeds, and everyone is (reasonably) satisfied, end well already. But in the original story, the ranger takes another route, and attracts the crowd of youngsters like the rats to the river, where they undergo the same fate. All the children drowned, one after another because the poor joke was crippled to keep track of the meute. Finish well?
9. Red cap
The brothers Grimm also wrote this fairy tale in one of their bundles, but another fairy tale collector, Charles Perrault, wrote another version of Red-headed, before the brothers Grimm published their milder version. This older variant is a touch of spice.
Perrault’s version does not end, as we are used to, with the heroic rescue action of the woodcutter who opens the wolf to save Reddish and Oma. Instead, Raptor, a naive young lady, gets on her way to her grandmother, misled by the wolf, and eventually eaten. Period. Nothing a woodcutter who saves the lady in distress. The moral of Perrault’s story is that you do not just have to accept clues from strangers.Certainly not if the wolves are …
By the way, there is another version of Red-headed Rabbit, Roald Dahl. In his Terrible Rijmen he tells how Rødkapje shoots the wolf and makes him a beautiful fur coat. Emancipation?
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8. The Little Mermaid
The Danish Hans Christian Andersen wrote this story in 1836, and in the well-known Disney version, the mermaid Ariel ends in her prince’s arms as full-fledged man. She fell for his charm while saving him from a drowning death and raising her tongue to a Toverheks in return for a pair of legs instead of fins.She lands and charms the prince, though she can not explain much, without tongue. Disney’s magical way is all right, but Hans did not feel so popular.
In his story, the prince, after being saved, is looking for a princess. He finds a suitable candidate and announces their marriage. Ariel is in despair because she is the hotel’s botel in love with her prince, and now she has exchanged her tongue with two legs, she can not return to her family. Her sisters know advice, and advise Ariel to kill the prince with a magic knife (coincided with the magic knife).Ariel, however, can not get her heart to kill her prince, and instead she dumps into the foam of the sea.This is where Hans wanted to finish his story, but even he thought it was a bit too crude. That’s why he put it a little bit, Ariel does not die in the foam, but becomes a daughter of the air, has been doing good deeds for 300 years and can leave the heavens with soul and bliss. The moral? You’re better off like fish?
The classic of Disney and an anticorous story where no harm can be found? Still not true. The bad queen demands the heart of Snow White as the proof that he killed her, and instead the hunter returns with the heart of a swine. In the original, however, the Queen also says that he takes her liver and lungs, so that they can be served as a dinner!
Another deviation from Disney, Snow White does not wake up, but shake awake in the hunter’s carriage, on its way to its own castle. We let in the middle why the hunter transported a ‘dead’ girl in his carriage to his house …
And finally, another small detail that Disney forgot in her cartoon film: The angry queen is punished in the original story by letting her dance in hot hot iron shoes until she dies. Spicy material, for a young audience.
Another of Perrault, Doornroosje is the story of a beautiful young deer who is brought into a sort of coma by a curse, and has been in for 100 years until a prince (probably on a white horse, probably) wakes her up and then Ask for marriage. The original story, however, is many times more shocking. It is not so much a curse, but a prediction that brings Doornroosje into her coma. A flax needle shoots under her nails, and she is dead. So far no dramatic difference. But then, it’s not a cow prince, but a married king comes by her castle, slips through a window, carries love with the sleeping body and leaves the place again. Nine months later, Doornroosje, still in deep sleep, loves two children, and the fairies put those children on her chest, because they have to live somewhere (a necessity that does not seem to be for the sake of a snake itself). However, one of the two koters sucks her finger instead of her breast, and then loosens the flax nail on which Doornroosje wakes up.
And yet, this old story is a fairytale with a good end. The king, namely, is married to a “bad” queen, and this lady is furious when she gets behind the affair (if it may be called an affair). She recommends her cook to serve the two children as a meal to her husband, but the cook instead cooks two kids. The wicked queen does not give up and invites Doornroosje herself, with the idea of throwing her into the fire. The king, however, just arrives in time and saves the day by throwing his hatred woman into the fire. Doornroosje is a former rapist for her and needs a new woman, so they marry and lived happily!
The brothers Grimm published this story, but an earlier version of 1705 is known to us from the French lady L’Héritier. Unlike the other fairy tales, however, the author of this fairy tale in a second version tried to strengthen the story. For those who do not know the fairy tale: a beautiful blonde miller’s daughter must spin out of hay gold threads, to save her own life. Her father had jumped over her walk and proclaimed that she could do anything, even gold spun out of straw, and the king, supposedly in need of money, saw this sitting. So he confessed the young lady to spin, and wipe her bones if there was no gold at the end of the night. She is rude, but Repelsteeltje promises to spin some gold when she promises to give her first child to him. That promise is made quick, and Repelsteeltje spins some beautiful golden threads. It is so beautiful that the king is pardoning the girl and marrying her.However, when the first child has arrived, the young queen begins to doubt. Repelsteeltje is a reasonable person and gives her a way out. If she can guess his name, she can keep her baby. She collects all the names in the kingdom, but it does not help, none of them is from Repelsteel. Then, however, she hears an illustrious figure in a campfire dancing in the forest and singing “Nobody knows, no-one knows that I’m called Repelsteeltje”. Now the Queen knows, and so she recommends.Repelsteeltje is furious, and rent away forever.
That, however, was too weak for Madamosielle L’Héritier. In a later version, she changed the last action of Repelsteel, he did not run away but squeezed his right foot into the ground, grabbed his left leg and ripped himself into two. This, apparently, is the end of Repelsteeltje.
The brothers Grimm wrote a version of Cinderella who did something stricter with the two evil step sisters of Assepoester. In their version, the two sisters cut pieces from their feet to fit into the glass muzzle. The prince came here, strange enough not to see through the wounds, but because a dove pointed out the steps of the step sisters. That, apparently, was a sure sign of their malice. The sisters end their lives as two blind beggars, while Cinderella herself is in luxury at the side of her Prince.
3. Gold lock
In this story, Goudlokje visits a house of three bears, and when she sees that the bears are not there, she tries their chairs, eats their porridge, and sleeps them in one of the three beds. The bears turn back and are furious. Gold locks escape from the house and that is the end of the story.
In the original, however, Goldlock is not as bad as from. In one of the two versions of the original fairy tale, Goudlockje is not a sweet young girl but an old woman who knows to escape through the window but either breaks her neck or gets caught up for begging and gets stuck in the cache. A second version describes Goudlokje as a young deer, but in that version the bears tore her.
The morale: do not visit beers living in a house …
2. Hansje and Grietje
Instead of the well-known story of the witch in the candy house, the original Hansje and Grietje have to deal with nobody less than the Devil himself. In this version, the Devil also thinks that he is bothering him, and decides to make an end to the two batsmen. He puts a saw block down and hopes to bleed it on. But the children are not able to catch a hole, and pretend they do not catch the Devil. How should they climb that block?
The Devil’s wife, out of impatience or helpfulness, decides to demonstrate how to do it. She crawls on the block and at that moment the children cut her throat and escape. Children of the time might have different views of justice as now …
1. The girl without hands
A fairly unknown fairytale, and in its modern variant, it is quite horrible. A poor man receives a Devil’s offer: a lot of money in exchange for what is behind his mill. The man, knowing that an apple tree grows behind his mill, agrees. He then finds out that his daughter was behind the mill at that moment, and the Devil would like to bring her. However, she is too pure and innocent for the Devil, and therefore he does not get her. Outrageously, the devil threatens to take the father if he does not get the daughter’s two hands. The girl agrees and daddy loves her hands. End well well
That is already terrible, but the original variants are even worse. In a variant, the girl chop down her own arms to make herself uglier so her brother no longer tries to rape her. Another variant tells her father to drop her hands because she does not agree to sleep with him. The morale of this story is far to be found …
Fairy tales of the past may not be the best lecture for our young readers, but fortunately the genre is flexible. A fairytale can be told, translated, changed, and improved to the heartfelt, and that has also been done over the years. The moral message usually lasts, although this does not apply to all fairy tales. What is likely at all is that the genre fairy tales will continue to be long and fortunate.
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