I am the first to say fairytales are simply wonderful (because they are!) but do you know the dark truths behind the original stories? In the books and plays some of our favorite fairy-tales are based on, the story can be rather … different.
In the original Brothers Grimm version, one of the evil stepsisters cuts off her toes, and the other her heel in order to squeeze into the tiny glass slipper. The prince is notified by little doves that there is blood on the shoe, and finally discovers that the true owner is Cinderella. Once the stepsisters realize that they should try to win favor with Cinderella (after all, she will be queen), they attend her wedding, only to have their eyes pecked out by birds.
This is a very loose adaptation of The Brothers Grimm Rapunzel, in the original Rapunzel fall pregnant to the prince. When the evil sorceress discover this she cuts off Rapunzel’s hair and taunts the prince with it. In his despair he jumps out of the window and is blinded by the endless thorns below. He wonders the forest for months (being blind) and eventually hears Rapunzel’s voice and is led back to the tower where Rapunzel’s tears rid him of his blindness. Then they live happily ever after.
In the original, original tale by Giambattista Basile's (Perrault did a tamer version), a king wonders upon a castle and when no one welcomes him he proceeds to enter via a window stumbling upon a princes who will not wake. Then he rapes her and leaves. The princes wakes after giving birth to twins one of which sucks the poison (from the spindle) out of her finger. The king then return and they fall in love. However the king is still married and the Queen tries to have the twins killed, cooked and fed to the King and also tries to burn the princes at the stake. She fails and they live happily ever after.
"The Little Mermaid"
The classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen's is nothing like the Disney interpretation. Yes it has its similarities, the mermaid does rescue the prince from a shipwreck before falling in love with him but he never sees her. The mermaid then visits the ‘sea witch’ who takes her tongue (and therefor the mermaids voice) in exchange for human legs.
The deal they struck remains the same, the mermaid can only remain a human if she finds true love's kiss and the prince falls in love with and marries her. However, in the original story the prince is not the only motivator, only humans have eternal souls. The Disney movie leaves out the penalty the mermaid pays for having legs: every single step she takes will feel like she is walking on sharp shards of glass. And instead of simply turning back into a mermaid in the original story, she will DIE if she fails.
Everything seems to be going well for the mermaid until the prince marries another woman (thinking she was the one who saved him). The mermaid is left helpless unable to tell the prince the truth. Wrapped in despair she is told that if she kills the prince she can simply return to being a mermaid, but she just cant do it.
Instead she throws herself into the sea turning into sea foam ... not exactly the Disney ending.
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
In the wonderful Brothers Grimm version, the hunter gives the evil queen stepmother a boars heart and liver and believing it to be snow whites the stepmother then eats them. And in the end when snow white marries the prince, she invites the stepmother to the wedding where as punishment for trying to kill snow white the stepmother is forced to wear red hot searing iron shoes and dance as her feet are literally cooked until she dies.
Disney's "Pinocchio" originated in Carlo Collodi's 1883 Italian classic "The Adventures of Pinocchio." In the book he is very mischievous running away as soon as he can walk. He is the found by police who imprison Geppetto believing he has abused Pinocchio. Pinocchio then returns home and kills a talking cricket (Jimminy) who warns Pinocchio about being disobedient. Pinocchio then encounters a cat and a fox who steel his money and try to hang him unsuccessfully. When Geppetto is released he is trapped by a dog fish and Pinocchio saves him (you might know it better as the gigantic, angry whale from the film). He then becomes a good person and a real boy.
I should note that in the original there was boys getting turned into donkeys and then sold to evil circuses.
“The Fox and the Hound”
Based on a 1967 novel written by Daniel P. Mannix, in the book the fox is raised on a farm by a good dog Copper but eventually returns to the wild. The fox often returns to the farm and taunts the dog, when the dog breaks free of his chain he chasses the fox before being hit by a train (he lives). The farmer vows revenge for his beloved dog. He never catches Tod the fox but kills his first mate, second mate and his puppies / children. The fox eventually dies from exhaustion from being chased and the dog Copper who survived the train is shot.
And last my favorite
“Beauty and the Beast”
The supposed original by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, is very much the same as the Disney classic. Except that Belle has two evil sisters. The Beasts allows Belle to return home only for a week, when her sisters hear of the luxurious life Belle lives at the castle they become insanely jealous and try to convince her to stay longer in the hopes the Beast will be infuriated and come and kill her. Of course he doesn’t and as in the Disney movie they fall in love and end happily ever after.
I now this had nothngto do with art but I thoroughly enjoyed writing and researching this and hope someone else enjoys it to.
This will be the last journal I write until I finally return home sometime end of August.
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