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The Brothers Grimm


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Title: The Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm
  • by Julie Doyle
  • a.k.a. Lucia

The Grimm Family
  • Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm was born on January 4,
  • Wilhelm Carl Grimm was born on February 24, 1786
  • Jacob and Wilhelm had 6 brothers and 1 sister, 3
    of the brothers died when they were just infants
  • In 1796 Philip Grimm, their father dies leaving
    their mother Dorethea to raise them by herself
  • The loss of the father had declassed the family

Early Years
  • In 1798 the two brothers move to Kassel to live
    with their aunt
  • From there they are able to attend the University
    of Marburg to study law like their father
  • In 1806 they become influenced by Clemens
    Brentano and Achim von Arnim, Des Knaben
    Wunderhorn, it is then that they begin to collect
    folktales (Märchen).
  • In 1808 Dorethea Grimm dies
  • To help support the family Jacob takes a job as a
    librarian at Kassel
  • Soon after Wilhelm takes a job as a secretary
    along side of Jacob

Kinder und-Hausmärchen
  • Over 40 people helped deliever fairy tales and
    folklore to the brothers
  • In 1812 the first volume of Childrens and
    household tales was published containing over 86
  • Another volume of Kinder und-Hausmärchen was
    published in1814 making the brothers a household

Some Stories
  • Aschenputtel/Cinderella
  • Rumpelstilzchen/Rumpelstilzchen
  • Schneewitchen/Snow White
  • Rotkäppchen/Little Red Riding Hood
  • Rapunzel / Rapunzel
  • Dornröschen / Sleeping Beauty
  • Der Froschkönig / The Frog King
  • Hänsel und Gretel / Hansel and Gretel
  • Von dem Fischer un syner Fru / The Fisherman
    His Wife
  • Daumesdick / Tom Thumb
  • Die Gänsemagd / The Goose Girl

Violent Themes
  • Many of the stories had rather violent themes
  • Todays versions of the stories are toned down
    compared to the originals
  • Its thought that the brothers actually went back
    to make the stories more violent then they
    originally were

Violent Themes
  • Doves peck out the eyes of Cinderellas
  • Briar Roses (sleeping beauty) suitors bleed to
    death outside of her castle
  • The Queen in Snow White is forced to wear
    red-hot iron slippers on and dance until her
  • In The Juniper Tree a mother decapitates her
    son, chops up his body, and feeds it to her
    husband in a stew
  • In Hansel and Gretel the witch is thrown into
    her own stove and is baked alive

Later Years
  • Jacob and Wilhelm receive honorary doctorates
    from the University of Marburg in 1819
  • Wilhelm marries in 1825 to Dorothea (Dortchen)
    Wild who had once helped providing the brothers
    with folktales
  • In 1829 The Grimms resign their positions as
    librarians in Kassel and accept positions at the
    University of Göttingen as librarians and
  • 1837-1841. Professors Grimm join five of their
    university colleagues in a formal protest against
    a constitutional violation of Ernst August, King
    of Hannover. The seven professor (Die Göttinger
    Sieben) are fired. The Grimm brothers receive
    many offers for new positions, and finally accept
    appointments at the University of Berlin.

Later Years
  • The Grimms continue their scholarly work and
    political activities, but finally give up their
    formal appointments at the University of Berlin
    (Jacob in 1848, Wilhelm in 1852) in order to
    dedicate themselves to their own studies and
  • Wilhelm Grimm dies December 16, 1859, at the age
    of 73
  • . Jacob Grimm dies September 20, 1863, at the age
    of 78.

Work Cited
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  • The Hard Facts of the Grimms Fairy Tales by
    Maria Tatar