The Grimm Brothers Essay

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“Mirror Mirror, here I stand who is the fairest in the land?” This famous quote original comes from one of the most unique and popular storybook ever to be written, The Grimm Fairytales. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are well known authors of the early 1800 that forever changed the way fairy tales are viewed. The Grimm brothers are best known for their creative renditions of popular folklore and fairytales such as Rapunzel, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Pinocchio and many more. Dark and tragic themes were used to create Grimm fairytales, the use of these themes was a drastic change from normal 1800’s fairytales. The Grimm brothers were responsible for creating a new and dark side to children’s stories, their creativity can be seen in their early lives, their writings, and fame.
Since their early lives Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm have shown creativity and potential for huge success. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born only a year apart in Ganau, Germany in the years 1786 and 1785. (The Brothers Grimm Biography) The Grimm brother’s father was a successful lawyer, who tragically died in 1796. (Wilhelm Grimm Biography) After their fathers untimely death the Grimm brothers were left with many household jobs, and chores. (Wilhelm Grimm Biography) As the two eldest of six children Jacob and Wilhelm were forced to mature and become responsible for their siblings. (Wilhelm Grimm Biography) Even though the boys had many responsibilities they were still able to use their creativity in school, hobbies, and to brighten up everyday chores.
During the boys adolescent years they put their creativity and intelligence to work in their studies and writings. During their school years the boys exceled in their studies and both graduated at the top of their classes. (Wilhelm Grimm Biography) Luckily Wilhelm and Jacob’s aunt paid for their school tuition, allowing the boys to test their knowledge and find a career they would both enjoy. (The Brothers Grimm Biography) Surprisingly both Wilhelm and Jacob went to college to become lawyers, as you may have guessed the Grimm brothers didn’t stay in law school for long before dropping the classes to peruse more creative options. (Wilhelm Grimm Biography) The Grimm brothers were always looking for new paths for life such as changing careers, Jacob Grimm once said, “How often when we are comfortable, we begin to long for something new!” After being influenced by German Romanticism writers, the brothers decided writing was a much more suitable career so they both began studying folklore a subject that they truly thrived in. (Wilhelm Grimm Biography)
After the Grimm brothers studied folklore they decided that they would write their own creative stories that might better suit readers of their time. Once the Grimm brothers started writing their stories, they became known for the dark styles and haunting themes they used to enchant their stories. Surprisingly the Grimm brother’s stories were the first fairytales not written strictly for...

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