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German Fairy Tales

Exploring World Literature

Missy Smethers

on 26 February 2013

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Transcript of German Fairy Tales

German Fairy Tales Missy
Keisha Brothers Grimm Stories Themes What is the Point? Questions The Movement... During this time. . . Big Ideas Author's Time and Place Jakob & Wilhelm The reason behind the stories Wrote / Well Know for 1785 - Brothers born in Hanau, Germany
1796 - Father's death; great poverty for the family
Education: 'legal studies' at The University of Marburg
1808 - Jakob named 'court librarian' to the King of Westphalia
1816 - Both become librarians in Kessel, Germany
1830 - Both obtain positions at the University of Göttingen
Little Red Riding Hood
Snow White
Cinderella (first concept dates back before Perrault and the Grimm Brothers)
Sleeping Beauty
Hansel and Gretel
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Frog Prince Grimm brothers' interest in cultural history
The work of the Brothers Grimm influenced other collectors controversial 'German identity'
Fragments of Germany
300 hundred or so independent states (kingdoms, principalities, electorates, etc.)
fragmented detritus of the Holy Roman empire. German Romantic Nationalism
Romantic Movement Jealousy
Naivete (Passive / Submissive Personalities)
Honesty, Innocence
Inheritance of Children From Spouse
Extreme Rewards & Punishments
Happily Ever After
Deceitful Learning a Lesson the First Time (H&G, SW)
Acting Upon Jealousy Can Lead to Down Fall (H&G, SW, 6S)
Be Careful Who You Trust (H&G, SW, W-ODS, 6S, MW/OH) Does naivete lead to a reward?
Why do you think the children in the stories were neglected by their step-parents?
Why is piety a reoccurring theme?
Why do people take risks even if they know failure is all that has occurred? Are there risks worth taking? How do you determine that? Brothers Grimm "Although they are remembered as some
of the best story tellers in European history,
some critics argue that their works were
mere collections of past folklore and legend
which was later compiled and framed as an
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Feb. 2013. Web. 25 Feb. 2013. Romantic Movement
folklore or oral tradition
-connections through language ("Grimm's Law")
-experiences encased in the words and grammatical form
-poetic and rhythmic structure
-Supernatural occurrences Interpretation of life, nature, and history
Emphasis on the peculiarity of the German mind Napoleon's foreign rule
1792 - French troops invade Germany
1794 - France secure control of the Rhineland, which it was to occupy for twenty years.
Improved Public administration
Weakened feudalism
Reduced power of the trade guilds
Napoleonic Code replaced traditional legal codes Bibliography Gordeeva, Tatyanna. "The French Revolution and Germany: German
History." German Culture. N.p., 1998. Web.
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