Topic: Top 5 Original Fairy Tale Endings
I got inspired to do this list after i read Meh's post about an upcoming Little Red Riding Hood horror film.
Originally, fairy tales of the past consisted of gruesome twists and horrific endings. These days companies like Disney sanitized them for modern audiences. So were used to seeing the predictable happy endings. I've decided to list 5 of my favourite fairy tales with their common endings and the original gruesome ones.
In the modern Cinderella fairy tale we have the beautiful Cinderella swept off her feet by the prince and her wicked step sisters marrying two lords â€“ with everyone living happily ever after. But, lurking behind the pretty tale is a more sinister variation by the Grimm brothers: in this version, the nasty step-sisters cut off parts of their own feet in order to fit them into the glass slipper â€“ hoping to fool the prince. The prince is alerted to the trickery by two pigeons who peck out the step sisterâ€™s eyes. They end up spending the rest of their lives as blind beggars while Cinderella gets to lounge about in luxury at the princeâ€™s castle.
4. Hansel and Gretel
In the widely known version of Hansel and Gretel, we hear of two little children who become lost in the forest, eventually finding their way to a gingerbread house which belongs to a wicked witch. The children end up enslaved for a time as the witch prepares them for eating. They figure their way out and throw the witch in a fire and escape. In an earlier French version of this tale (called The Lost Children), instead of a witch we have a devil. Now the wicked old devil is tricked by the children (in much the same way as Hansel and Gretel) but he works it out and puts together a sawhorse to put one of the children on to bleed (that isnâ€™t an error â€“ he really does). The children pretend not to know how to get on the sawhorse so the devilâ€™s wife demonstrates. While she is lying down the kids slash her throat and escape.
3. Snow White
In the tale of snow white that we are all familiar with, the Queen asks a huntsman to kill her and bring her heart back as proof. Instead, the huntsman canâ€™t bring himself to do it and returns with the heart of a boar. Now, fortunately disney hasnâ€™t done too much damage to this tale, but they did leave out one important original element: in the original tale, the Queen actually asks for Snow Whiteâ€™s liver and lungs â€“ which are to be served for dinner that night! Also in the original, Snow White wakes up when she is jostled by the princeâ€™s horse as he carries her back to his castle â€“ not from a magical kiss. What the prince wanted to do with a dead girlâ€™s body I will leave to your imagination. In the Grimm version, the tale ends with the Queen being forced to dance to death in red hot iron shoes!
2. The Pied Piper
In the tale of the Pied Piper, we have a village overrun with rats. A man arrives dressed in clothes of pied (a patchwork of colors) and offers to rid the town of the vermin. The villagers agree to pay a vast sum of money if the piper can do it â€“ and he does. He plays music on his pipe which draws all the rats out of the town. When he returns for payment â€“ the villagers wonâ€™t cough up so the Pied Piper decides to rid the town of children too! In most modern variants, the piper draws the children to a cave out of the town and when the townsfolk finally agree to pay up, he sends them back. In the darker original, the piper leads the children to a river where they all drown (except a lame boy who couldnâ€™t keep up). Some modern scholars say that there are connotations of pedophilia in this fairy tale.
1. Sleeping Beauty
In the original sleeping beauty, the lovely princess is put to sleep when she pricks her finger on a spindle. She sleeps for one hundred years when a prince finally arrives, kisses her, and awakens her. They fall in love, marry, and (surprise surprise) live happily ever after. But alas, the original tale is not so sweet (in fact, you have to read this to believe it.) In the original, the young woman is put to sleep because of a prophesy, rather than a curse. And it isnâ€™t the kiss of a prince which wakes her up: the king seeing her asleep, and rather fancying having a bit, rapes her. After nine months she gives birth to two children (while she is still asleep). One of the children sucks her finger which removes the piece of flax which was keeping her asleep. She wakes up to find herself raped and the mother of two kids.