“Rapunzel” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Fairy Tale
Source: Public Domain. You can read it here.
It’s a lot different than I expected. The biggest surprise for me was Rapunzel wasn’t a princess. For some reason I was under the assumption that she was a princess (as in her parents were king and queen). Guess that’s what I get for letting Disney movies shape my perceptions of fairy tales.
I had some unanswered questions. How did they get into the tower in the first place? There are no stairs or doors. Or better yet? How was this tower built in the first place?
I wasn’t too pleased with Rapunzel agreeing to marry with prince instantly. Eeek. I thought intsa-love today was bad. I didn’t like it but I can’t be too mad at her because of it. Can you imagine being stuck with your only your mother 24/7 for your whole life? I guess it is understandable that she would literally jump at the first chance to get away from that.
The story is quite short which is a shame. It’s really interesting idea and I would have loved to see the Grimm brothers flesh the idea out more. That’s one of the biggest reasons Project: Fairy Tale and retellings appeal to me. I want to know more about these stories.
It’s a Grimm fairy tale so of course the story is dark. Kidnapping? Exile? Jumping and loosing one’s sight? That’s a bit dark to be reading to kids. It’s interesting to note that the does end pleasantly with a “happily ever after”.
The bottom line? Interesting but a bit short.
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