Friday, October 02, 2015 11:49
October retelling link-up | True stories.
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October, the month of Halloween. I was inspired by this holiday because of the scary stories. Our beloved fairytales are not always as pleasant as they are nowadays. Today I am going to talk about the real meaning and true endings of some of our popular fairytales.
Wikipedia and Swide. )
In the oldest version of the story, Cinderella kills her first stepmother. The original story was by Giambattista Basile, who collected stories. La Gatta cenerentola (The Cinderella cat) was the title of the story Charles Perrault used to make his Cinderella story. In Basile’s tale, Zezolla is persuaded to kill her stepmother by breaking her neck by slamming a chest on her head. Her father then marries someone even worse. In the darker version of Perrault, in comparison with Disney, the stepsisters are taught a lesson for their ugly behaviour. First they cut off parts of their feet toe make the shoe fit and on Cinderella’s wedding their eyes are plucked out by doves.
Sleeping beauty (La Belle au bois dormant/The beauty in the sleeping wood by Charles Perrault or Little briar rose/Dornröschen by Brothers Grimm. Source: Wikipedia, Pitt.edu and Swide.)
Charles Perrault used another version of Giambattista Basile, this time Sun, Moon and Talia. Talia’s
father asked wise men and astrologers to predict her future and they find out she will be in danger from a splinter of flax. She falls into a long, deep sleep and her father abandoned the house to forget his misery, thinking his daughter died. One day, a king finds the house, finds her unconscious body and he rapes her. Talia gives birth to twins and one of them sucks the flax out of her fingers. She wakes up and gets a visit from the King. He promises he will return to take her to his kingdom, where he has a wife waiting for him. The wife is first trying to cook the twins, so she can feed them to the King, and next up she tries to burn Talia alive. The king finds out and burns his wife instead. He marries Talia and they life happily ever after.
Let’s forget the fact that a Prince takes her unconscious body with him if she is 'dead'. The Evil Queen is punished at the end of the tale: she is made to dance, wearing a pair of red-hot iron shoes, until she falls over dead. Snow White is also not all to bright in this story, because she almost dies three times by the hands of the Queen.
The Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Anderson. Source: Wikipedia and Movieplot.)
Ariel’s (she never got a name in the story though) tongue got cut off and every step would feel like a knife through her legs. In the end she never marries the prince. He marries a princess, but he did told the mermaid she is very dear to him. She almost kills the princess, but in the end she can't and flings herself in the sea where she turns into foam. BUT, that's not the end of the story.
She obtained a soul by becoming a Daughter of the Air.
What is your favorite 'scary' fairytale? I also think Red Riding Hood is scary if you about the true morals.
Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.