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Grimms’ Fairy Tales

From Cinderella to Rapunzel to the really gruesome tales you might not know – the myth and magic of the Grimm Brothers fairy tales.

Hansel and Gretel by Arthur Rackham 1909.

Hansel and Gretel by Arthur Rackham 1909.

Once upon a time – 200 years ago, to be exact – across a great sea, near a deep woods, there were two brothers named Grimm who collected stories.  They were hearth and fireplace tales, kitchen and lamplight tales, of swans and wolves, of magic spells and little men in the woods, of a frog prince, a sleeping beauty, a brave little tailor.

And lots and lots of chopping and killing and ravaging and rebirth.  Gripping, gruesome, deep-rooted folk stories called fairy tales.  With very few fairies.

This hour, On Point:  looking again at the Brothers Grimm and the tales they shared.  Fairy tales.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Maria Tatar, professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures.  She chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, where she teaches courses in German Studies, Folklore, and Children’s Literature. She’s the author of the new book, The Annotated Brothers Grimm (The Bicentennial Edition).

From Tom’s Reading List

The Washington Post “Mother and Daddy dear — not an evil stepmom — take Hansel and Gretel out in the woods and leave them to starve. Little Red Riding Hood does a striptease for the Big Bad Wolf. Cinderella’s stepsisters cut off parts of their feet to force the mangled stumps into the glass slipper.”

BBC “Ms Robinson’s daughter, artist Chloe Cheese, who had donated her mother’s work to the Essex museum, said: “The beautiful pen and ink drawings and delicate text of this book fascinated me when I was a child and drew me into the enchanted world of the fairy tale.”

Excerpt: The Annotated Brothers Grimm

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Playlist

“The Sleeping Beauty” — Tchaikovsky

“Hello, Little Girl,” from “Into the Woods” — Stephen Sondheim

Overture from “Hansel and Gretel” — Engelbert Humperdinck

Soundtrack to “The Brothers Grimm” — by Dario Marianelli

“A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” — Cinderella (Disney)

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  • keltcrusader

    Grimm’s Fairy Tales are just that – Grim. My Aunt had numerous fairy tale books and the Grimm collection was one of my favorites. Full of terror and horror and no white-washed, santized versions. Many strong women depicted rather than helpless, clueless females even is some were pure evil. Still enjoy reading them.   

  • stillin

    For women, Women Who Run With the Wolves, is an excellent book which encompasses many traditional fairy tales and the psychology of women and survival…it is so soso great I had to reread it and now of course, I need my copy so I can write notes and underline…it’s the bible on women making their way in the world…by Clarissa Pinkova ( I hope I have that spelled right).

    • GrandmaR

       Thanks. I read that many years ago. Now I am 70, and I definitely need to read it again. Glad to be reminded.

      Crone. :)

      • stillin

        If I was into tattoo’s, I am not, but if I was, I would have parts of it tattooed on me. It is the remembering, that I had needed to do! Subject: [on-point] Re: Grimms’ Fairy Tales

    • TinaWrites

      I love that book!  And yes, my book is also filled with underlinings and notes in the margins!  Did you know that there are some DVD’s (and older tapes) with her reading her writings?  She has the voice of the tiniest wren!  The read-alouds are positively addicting!  I’m not sure about the exact spelling, but her name is Clarissa Pinkola-Estes.  

      • TinaWrites

        I forgot to say:  my family has had many cars stolen (it used to be a major area of “employment” in Rhode Island, and we bought cars that were middle class enough that thieves could make money when the cars were broken apart for parts.  One of these cars, however, was way too lightweight; it had automatic transmission, and so, it had twice spun around 180 degrees on the roadway even tho I was driving slowly, carefully, and in the automatic version of a lower drive gear.  When the car was located with the police verdict of “totaled”, the words out of my mouth were “Thank you, God!” because I truly felt that my life had been taken out of jeopardy!  The police wanted me to take my belongings from the car, and this was when I started to cry:  My “Women Who Run with the Wolves” tape was in twisted, mangled shambles on the floor, with icky goo all over it!  THAT was the devastating part, as the bookstore where I’d bought it had just told me that there were not going to be any additional tapes made!  Devastating!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6CO5C2HE4WM2OYGCDVWGPRXXM oldman

    “Cinderella’s stepsisters cut off parts of their feet to force the mangled stumps into the glass slipper.””

    Art imitates life – read an article from a foot surgeon once, he gets a steady stream of questions on the possibility of removing a toe to be able to fit into the “right” shoes.

    Grim was an early read of mine, wore the book out – one bit that has always stuck with me were “fools” opening chests outside and then slamming them shut and trying to bring the sunlight inside. Anyone remember what story that is from?

    • TinaWrites

      Did you know that some of today’s fashion models have a rib removed to make them narrower?!  And then they serve as “role models”!  That’s scary! 

  • http://twitter.com/massmouth massmouth

    I love how Maria Tatar takes the Freudian “cigar” out of the mix in her books on traditional tales. As a reviewer said ” Good stories excite, delight and frighten. They are, as Tatar puts it, a solitary addiction, not necessarily teaching sociability or virtuous behaviour. ” Where can we find those tales? http://pinterest.com/amightygirl/fairy-tales-folktales-for-mighty-girls/ are these genuine folk tales?
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/nov/07/enchanted-stories-byatt-book-review

  • David_from_Lowell

    My 3-yr-old daughter and 5-yr-old son love the original Grimm tales which we read, to make it spookier, before bedtime by candlelight, snuggled up on the couch with all the lights turned off. They suck it up like a sponge. They seem to enjoy being scared while feeling safe at the same time. The other evening, my daughter said “Daddy that’s too scary. Keep reading.”

  • http://twitter.com/massmouth massmouth

    As a professional storyteller of folk tales as told by the “folk” – not the literate and educated middle-class, I often find folk tales that do NOT have neat endings and moral lessons.  In these folk tales we find the trickster, the little guy, the youngest often win by wits and without material advantage. Are these reliable transcriptions? They certainly “feel” more genuine. Interesting to hear this social history from Maria Tatar…

  • Peter Anderson

    Question: Why do so many of these tales lack positive parental role models?

    • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

       Did you have parents?  No one screws up children better than parents.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6OOCLW2EBCGKUSECFYVMJVE2UA Mel

    I love the original versions. 

    The “Disney” versions lose a lot of the morals of the story.

    • TinaWrites

      And the new Disney “Princess” marketing scheme is going to have a lot of adverse effects on young girls.  It will reap rewards for our Commercial culture, Disney most especially, but I find the price way too high!

  • http://www.facebook.com/clint.cavanaugh Clint Cavanaugh

    And there’s also the new tv show, “Once Upon a Time,” which is wonderfully dark and twisted with a kind of Gregory Maguire-like twist to characters.

  • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

     Caller, you do know when these stories were written, right?  Also, have you noticed that the women frequently best the men by being smart?

  • Matt Varley

    There’s an idea that these stories promote some protestant work ethic but haven’t found this to be correct. There’s also anti-semetic stories promoting a ‘German-ness’ that would re-emerge during the Nazi regime. 

  • Alisa Bearov Landrum

    A wonderful book by Bruno Betelheim (The Meaning of Enchantment) quite a few years ago addressed how these stories help children to work through these feelings and fears, especially with the help of a cuddling parent who is reading them. But I teach high school and most of my students are only vaguely aware of these stories…what has replaced this in our modern society?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1003955647 Barbara Shatara

       I wonder about this too.  I am a librarian in Vermont.  I have worked recently with Russian and German youth librarians and found that the 200th anniversary of the Grimm tales is much more widely celebrated and discussed in those countries.  That isn’t all that surprising, but I have seen very little to no mention of the anniversary in our local schools which I did think was unusual.

  • Patrick Botti

    Those Fairy Tales had a social function. For example, they reflect a society where the only hope for a woman to succeed in the world was to marry a rich man or a prince.
    They provide in an allegoric fashion a testimony and often a criticism of the inequalities of that society.

    P.

  • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

    Chopping up children and feeding them to their fathers goes back a long way.  It’s prominent in Greek stories, for example.

  • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

    Atreus feeds the children of Thyestes to their father, continuing the blood feud in the family.  It continues with Agamemnon and Clytemnestra.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1750719626 Barbara Seal

    Can the “misogyny”/idolization of adult women in some of the tales be traced back to the medieval courtly love/Mary worship paradigm?

    • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

       Courtly love romances were stories for the nobility, but both types apparently appeal to something inside our psyches, otherwise, they wouldn’t get told.

  • barbditzy

    In Snow White does the queen end her life by putting iron fire shoes on and danced until she died. I had a beautifully illustrated   Snow White book with this ending. I always wondered if this was the original ending?

    • TinaWrites

      I can’t answer that question, but I do remember that in about 1976, a new, illustrated version of Snow White was published in English.  I was devastated.  The girl depicted was so very beautiful.  There was no way that I could identify with her (which I still wished to do, even tho I was then almost thirty.  AND, even more importantly, I feared that millions of very young girls would no longer be able to identify with her and other fairy tale characters, if this kind of trend continued!!!).  

      In the Grimm’s Tales and Hans Christian Anderson Tales  that’d I’d grown up with, the heroines were as wizened looking as all the other illustrated characters who were their supporters, protectors, and foes.  Looking at the pictures as a young child, I could tell, for instance, that Snow White was the heroine, but it was because of OTHER forms of beauty in her — her kindness, her love of nature, how she thought of others in thoughtful ways, etc. — THEY were what I loved in her; those attributes were her beauty.  Now, this new Snow White was taking her place.  It was even WORSE than her step-mother wanting to retain her own place:  it was as if the 1976  Snow White WAS the step-mother seducing us into letting her take the place of Snow White!!!  As I got old enough for school, I heard about other kids’ European grandparents, and I started to feel that there were connections with my fairy tale books; somehow the tone was the same — the illustrations sprang from a place that had seen a lot, but which still believed in true beauty.  As I continued to grow, I felt that the illustrations in my Grimms expressed so very much; and that they expressed, as well, the very grateful values of those who had survived the European Holocaust and the take over of Eastern European countries by Communism.  What was it about those pictures that I already loved that expanded my sensibilities and empathy?  But when the 1976 version came out, it hit me below the belt.  To switch metaphors, it felt like the characters I’d grown up with  had been dropped off the back of the bus by our Commercial culture which valued physical beauty, marketability, and wealth, and in ways that were competitive rather than cooperative, ambitious rather than grateful.  Decades after that, I found out that the illustrator of my Grimms had indeed been dislocated, by the very forces I’d seen as sensibilities in his drawings:  as a Polish Jew, he had indeed narrowly escaped the Holocaust.  I still love and feel protected by the pictures of Arthur Szyk, and threatened by the illustrations of that 1976 Snow White.  

      Now that I’ve been ill a long time, lots of chemo doing lots of good (for which I am supremely grateful) but also lots of harm, I’ve gone from looking 15 years younger than my actual age (an attribute I retained until about age 57, if I believe what people used to say to me, unprompted by me), to looking and moving as if I am both ill and in a much older age group.  Now, I have always loved older people.  I find their beauty to come from my Snow White’s paragon, but I also find their faces beautiful physically.  What I am personally experiencing, however, suggests to me that the 1976 Snow White has indeed permeated our country’s values.  Please picture hair, now suddenly gray, but virtually non-existent; no eyelashes and no eye brows.    Picture me using a cane AND yet still limping, my feet now not lifting fully, making it likely I’ll trip yet again; and my face is just deformed enough from two falls that my friends refuse to see the difference, but which strangers see immediately, as they look and then quickly turn away.  The idea that I grew up with, that younger people help their elders; that men, especially, are gracious to older women — well these happen to me so rarely, occurring really only near my cancer hospital.  And, if I do need to ask for help, way too many people become instantly impatient — sadly, I must say, especially men — even when they are in a professional position that would suggest helping was part of their job.  I sometimes watch these men right afterwards, and I often notice that they seem to instantly try to find a “young thing” to look at, as if even glancing upon me, threatens their masculinity!  Ah….. if they only knew that my own hair, before chemo, was often said to be as corkscrew curly as Medusa’s!  She could turn men into stone, yet it does feel like the men turn themselves into stone as they race instantly to make sure an old lady didn’t mess with their masculinity!  How will they cope with their own aging and that of those they love?  

      As I read this, I realize this all sounds rather maudlin, but I could make you crack up laughing with my imitation of the policeman who wouldn’t stop yelling at me yesterday when I needed to ask for some very simple directions!  My next stop was my cancer hospital, and I believe that I had people in stitches there recreating the rudeness of this wretched, handsome, young middle-aged man who knows NOTHING of the Snow White of my childhood (or more gender-appropriate fairy tale character), and, sadly, he is not alone.  Because of my circumstances, I see some of the most egregious and profligately rude behavior — WHICH I DO TRULY BELIEVE WAS GROWN IN A SOIL WITHOUT FAIRY TALES, OR IN A SOIL THAT MISUNDERSTANDS THEIR HUMAN VALUES, replacing the Arthur Szyk illustrations with the 1976 Snow White.  This has taken its toll, in additional ways, too, like increased anorexia and bulimia, etc.  

      Please don’t read this post as maudlin; please read it as an underscoring of all that our guest had to say today about the importance of fairy tales.  They were told in many ways over the centuries, so adherence to “authenticity” is a topic that expert storytellers and fairy tale chroniclers have thought a lot about.  I do believe, however, that our Commercial Culture will bring about its own version of the tales, and, altho they may be instructive in helping us understand this culture now and by those who live after us, we do want to hear and feel what important tone and messages are being sent out to our youngest and most vulnerable among us.  While some parents have wanted to censor expressions that are “too scary for children”, I’m afraid  they may have missed seeing what other messages have been whipped into some of our contemporary versions.  I’m not asking for censorship at all; just that we Pay Attention to these very important tales. Thanks again for putting up with my long postings!

    • TinaWrites

      Hi.  I posted a long post, below and left the house for various chores.  The more that I thought about it, I realized that I should have posted my piece as a separate post rather than as a reply to your post.  My piece just kept changing and growing as I continued writing it, but at the end, when I hit “send”, I don’t think my piece was anything appropriate to send you in your enthusiasm about the book you were talking about.  You were talking about a “beautifully illustrated” book, and I went on a set of riffs based on my idea of a “beautiful character”.  By the time I posted my piece, it should have stood on its own, as your enthusiasm does not need me to rain upon it!  I do apologize!  Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/storylaura Laura Packer

    I am Laura Packer, a Boston area a performing storyteller. Whenever I tell one of the Grimms’ tales, or a modified version, my audiences are utterly spellbound. We *need* these stories. I tell principally to adults and every single time they hear a Grimm tale they are hungry for more, finding their own truths in these old tales.

    • TinaWrites

      How great!  I love, too, that your sense of both storytelling and the Grimm’s tales lies within a really rich understanding of their role in human psychosocial history!  I’ll look for your name and any listings for your performances!  Do tell me though, if you would:  did you come at this thru theater, or thru a literary (i.e., writing) portal, or all of the above, or were you, perhaps, telling stories to yourself or to others since you were too young to remember?  

  • http://www.facebook.com/storylaura Laura Packer

    As a performing storyteller, I find young audiences and adult love these stories, darkness and all. We need these stories so we can understand ourselves and our own journeys.

    • TinaWrites

      I WISH I’d had the sense to realize I could have tried to go your route towards being a professional storyteller.  My grandmother was a fantastic one, making up some stories (she even went into the closet, where she talked to the fairies, then, she’d come out and tell the tales “straight from the fairies’ mouths!), and was also terrific at reading aloud.

      A friend invited us to hear a night of storytelling about 1977.  I’d just taken my first REAL job, and was living with the man who would become my husband – much to my father’s TOTAL DISTRESS; and, if I couldn’t put in my half of what it cost to have an apartment, it would have come to my boyfriend’s distress, too, very possibly.  I felt I had to keep putting one “adult-now” foot in front of the other, so putting that on hold for a new adventure, seemed backsliding.  Also, I’d studied Painting and most of my friends were still hoping I’d find my way in that direction.  Most of them had been taught by the same teachers all of whom detested W O R D S .We all came at painting via the Fine Arts rather than thru Illustration, but I’d always SEEN the fairy tales in my mind’s EYE, so I wanted to learn how to storytell visually, as had been my wont for awhile (and I always got in trouble for it in art school! That would NOT happen now, but it was all-prevailing then!!)  But, in all these intervening decades, I’ve said that my tales I’ve written are far more visual than my paintings; they were never tainted by any teachers’ impressions lingering in my mind; they were mine and my writing styles (different somewhat than how I write here) varied based on my complete sense that I could write any way I thought the writing would work best.  I’m sure you’ve found your way thru ALL this, either with spontaneous tale-telling or with prepared text, because you so easily say, “as a performing storyteller”!!!!  I LOVE HOW THAT SOUNDS!  CONGRATULATIONS!!!  Did you perhaps come at it thru theater (a world that terrified basically-shy me), or thru a literary portal?  Do you perform in Southern New England (but as far north as Boston is too far north for me with my illness)?  Do you have a website you’d care to share with us all, if the new posting policies allow that?  How wonderful!

  • Patrick Botti

    Some of the Brother Grimm’s fairy tales were taken and adapted from French fairy-tales especially those by Charles Perreault or Madame d’Aulnay.
    But they also looked into the Nordic, Germanic and Central-Eastern European folklore. They were excellent writers and scholars. But I think they were important also because they assembled a lot of those folklore tales “under a single roof”.

    It is interesting that a lot of those folk themes are found as far back as the antiquity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/storylaura Laura Packer

    I also have to add, I learned many of these stories who learned them from her mother. My versions differ some as they are from the oral tradition. I think part of their on-going appeal is that they are still so very alive.

  • Michol O’Leary

    We loved the original Grimm’s fairy tales—all 14 of us. We older ones read them to the younger ones. They were fascinated but never really scared. I read them to my children as I did to my sisters and brothers. When my daughters had children, they gave each other the un-sanitized Grimm’s fairy tales for their children.

  • TinaWrites

    Rumplestiltskin still stalks the land!!

    A friend found that out when her husband psychologically abducted her first child.  It was a desperate situation for decades.  

  • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

    Exactly–we can’t sanitize the past and then hope to understand it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3J7OBPNZ74YNEOJKT4DR232VM Joy

    In several works about Mary Magdalene, authors have suggested the Sleeping Beauty & Snow White stories–perhaps variations of them, were efforts to keep alive the forgotten Mary.

  • TinaWrites

    Thank you for this WONDERFUL HOUR!!!  We REALLY need these tales — and equally essential folk tales from other lands — to be given to children!!!  We need to remind their parents and caregivers about how the tales add to one’s sense of the psychological forces around them and of the possible personal resources that kids and adults can call upon to prevail, especially over evil.

    TV may be giving us some new interpretations lately, but TV has been especially responsible for BLINDING KIDS, ESPECIALLY ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS, to the dangers around them.  They needn’t live within the grasp of evil, but are so often urged to think that they can even go out and PLAY with dangerous forces.  Their talents and spirit and energy are needed elsewhere, almost as if that “elsewhere” is truly a parallel world.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1305765767 Marian Wynn

    You made this librarian’s day!! I rarely listen to the radio but today I decided to get on line and what a pleasant surprise. Our public library purchased “Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales” ISBN 9781568650470. It has the tale discussed here, “The Jew Among Thorns”. It wasn’t near as gruesome as “The Juniper Tree”. 

    A servant works three years for a rich man who did not want to pay him but gives him 3 farthings. But the servant was ignorant of money and thought it was enough and leaves. He meets a dwarf and gives him the money and receives 3 wishes. He got a gun that would shoot what he aimed at. He got a fiddle that when played, all would dance. Lastly, if he asked a favor, no one would be able to refuse.

    He meets a Jew listening to a song bird and wanted to catch the bird. The servant shoots the bird which falls in thorn bushes. The servant, “Go you rogue,” and told him to fetch the bird. The Jew crawled into the thorn bush. 

    The servants “humor” tempted him and he played the fiddle. The Jew began to dance in the thorns. He begged the servant to stop the music. The servant continued to play.

    Next comes the part that has a twist:

    The story says the servant did not listen to the Jew. and [the servant] thought, (not said but thought), “You have fleeced people often enough, now the thorn-bushes shall do the same to you.”

    Note: Everyone has “thoughts” they do not say out loud. However, when this tale is read out loud, then this servants “thoughts” are said. It is a unique way to get negative words out that the  servant never actually “said”. So the Jew did not really know the reason for the cruelty.

    The servant stops fiddling when the Jew gives him a purse full of gold. The servant leaves. The Jew waited until the servant was out of ear shot and says, “You miserable musician, you beer-house fiddler! Wait till I catch you alone, I will hunt you till the soles of your shoes fall off! You ragamuffin!” 

    The Jew goes to the town judge to make a complaint. “See how a rascal has robbed and ill treated me”. “For God’s sake let the man be thrown into prison!” He described the servant and was found and brought to the judge. The servant denies “stealing” the purse as it was “given” to make the fiddling stop. The Jew says the servant is lying. The judge believes the Jew and sentences the servant to be hanged. The Jew says, “You vagabond! You dog of a fiddler! now you are going to receive your well-earned reward!”

    At the gallows, the servant asked for a favor, that he be allowed to play his fiddle one more time. The Jew screams “No”, but the judge allows it. Then everyone including dogs danced to the music. The judge finally said he would give him his life if he would just stop fiddling which he did. 

    Before he left, he went to the Jew and told him to confess where he got the purse of gold. The Jew said, “I stole it, I stole it! but you have honestly earned it.” The judge had the Jew hanged as a thief.

    Note: I don’t understand why the Jew said he stole the money. There is no data in this story to support such a confession. 

    I understand the reluctance to include this tale in this new publication. However, we just finished celebrating banned books week and I am glad that our public library has the “complete” tales of Brothers Grimm

  • http://www.facebook.com/larkin.oates Larkin Oates

    Nice interview. I noted the discussion about “The Jew in the Bush” being anti-semetic. We all know being hateful towards Jews or minorities is wrong. Yet, so many people accept the misogyny in the tales, or the hatred towards women and girls, even as seen in modern interpretations. While I appreciate the value of myth and storytelling, I like the idea of the updated fairy tales, so young girls don’t internalize the idea that hateful acts towards them are ok or normal. I find the violent acts towards women and girls in the TV show Grimm extremely disturbing. I find it interesting that we accept such imagery so easily in our culture.

  • dale-harriet Rogovich

    Children ADORE horrendous stories, bloodier the better.  We tell stories to 4th graders in our museum, and our story about Charles Langlade who cut out and bit the beating heart of a Miami chief delights them!  The old fairy tales are the best – most have object lessons and morals within them.  I always read the “true” versions to my children, who loved them – one of my favorites is “The Princess on the Glass Mountain” which ends with the prince cutting the feet off eagles – who then fly around the mountain screaming, and reviving the dead knights with the blood spurting from their ankles –!

  • PollyPosy

    I’m in my 50s and had an old edition of Grimm’s fairy tales when I was little. My mother started to read me a story from it once and gave up because of the horrific content. I was a sensitive child. When I was a bit older I read many of the stories myself but never really liked any of them. And part of one sticks in my mind to this day because it shocked me so much. “Grimm” indeed!

    I recall the part about the evil stepmother who has her stepson reach deep into a big trunk to get something, then slams the heavy lid to decapitate him. Next she sets his body on a stool with his head balanced atop it as if he’s still alive, and when the loving little sister asks him a question that he fails to answer, she peevishly boxes her brother’s ears and knocks his head off, then cries despondently believing she’s killed him!

    Anyway, that’s how I remember the story. In listening to the professor speak about The Juniper Tree, I thought that might be the same tale (I vaguely recalled the stew as well), so I checked with Wikipedia, which confirmed my guess.

    Besides the archetypes and so forth, I think that these old fairy tales reflect the harshness of everyday life back centuries ago, when so many never made it to maturity, there was no childhood as we know it, life was dirty, demons were to be feared, and malnutrition and starvation must have been ever present dangers.

    In my opinion, the original fairy tales should not be read to or by young children because of all the terrible violence. Wait till the kids are somewhat older.

    No, Disney’s Cinderella and Snow White never appealed to me. Yes, by the time I was a little older I liked some creepy fare for entertainment. I still shy away from violent, sadistic movies and books. However, I am very fond of the new TV series Once Upon a Time!

  • http://www.dogoodgauge.org The Do Good Gauge

    The human species has entwined the rationality of many false truths. Fairy tales give opportunity to understand beyond what has been myelinated in our neural networks.

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On Labor Day, we’ll check in on the American labor force, with labor activist Van Jones, and more.

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The Five Midterm 2014 Races To Watch
Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014

The five most interesting races of the 2014 midterm election cycle, per our panel of expert national political correspondents.

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Our Week In The Web: August 29, 2014
Friday, Aug 29, 2014

On hypothetical questions, Beyoncé and the unending flow of social media.

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Drew Bledsoe Is Scoring Touchdowns (In The Vineyards)
Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Football great — and vineyard owner — Drew Bledsoe talks wine, onions and the weird way they intersect sometimes in Walla Walla, Washington.

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