Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Post 3#: Like...Fairy-tales?
Brothers Grimm(or rather, the two Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm) are perhaps best known for their collection of fairy tales. The Brothers Grimm's stories(many of which were based off German folktales and village oral traditions) are hailed as classics, and I would be lying if I said that I don't think that they deserve such recognition, but my problem isn't so much with the stories themselves but with people's reception to(or maybe people's interpretation of) said stories' events. Many people seem to want "the Cinderella story" a "fairy tale wedding" or for their problems to go away "like magic". Writing their stories, what the Brothers Grimm is to teach about human nature, give cautionary tales and illustrated how cruel the world can be when the odds aren't in your favor. To me at least, to say you want your life to "be like a fairy-tale" implies that you would either want all the awards a fairy-tale can give with none of the work involves, or (and this is important) you would want yourself to befall the very hardships the Brothers Grimm wanted you avoid in the first place. Because stories aren't simply meant to entertain-your meant to learn from them too, after all.

1 comment:

  1. I don't see myself as a very religious person but fairy tales are a lot like the Bible in a certain way. The Bible much like fairy tales is a collection of stories meant to teach you lessons and bestow morals and values. This is a good post!! good job!