The Writing Style of the Grimm Brothers Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The Writing Style of the Grimm Brothers
An analysis of the unique writing style of the Grimm brothers, who worked together on some of the first widely recognized "fairy tales".
# 118563 | 1,748 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Feb 07, 2010 in Literature (Children) , Literature (German)

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This paper examines the writing style of the brothers Jacob Ludwig Carl and Wilhelm Carl Grimm who achieved fame through collecting and writing down folk tales. The writer provides a brief overview of the brothers' lives, work and achievements, and explains how they were nationalists who wished to accurately and vividly portray the German and other European folktales. Their unique writing style can be seen in their use of masculine and feminine symbols as well as their use of realism. The writer summarizes how some critics have analyzed the patterns that have been perceived in the writings of the Grimm brothers, using the stories of Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and Cinderella as examples. Some of the ways in which these stories have been changed to exclude realistic and cruel events are described, using Cinderella again as an example.

From the Paper:

"The brothers continue to write and publish some minor works separately, while still working as humble librarians. These men worked for over 20 years as librarians despite their successes in compiling and reiterating grand tales of their country. This type of faithful work testifies to their personal commitment to promoting the spread of the appreciation of their country's folk tales and their love of all types of literature. However, in 1829 they gave up their local librarian positions to begin working on a larger scale as both librarians and professors at the University of Gottingen. The Grimm brothers are then unfortunately fired from their positions at the university in 1837 due to their involvement in political protests against the King of Hanover's constitutional violations."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ashliman, D. L. "Grimm Brothers Home Page". 10 May 2005.
  • Bendix, Regina. "Diverging Paths in the Scientific Search for Authenticity." Journal of Folklore Research 29.2 (1992): 103-132. Questia. 25 Apr. 2006 <>.
  • Clarke, Micael M. "Brontes Jane Eyre and the Grimms' Cinderella." Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 40.4 (2000): 695. Questia. 25 Apr. 2006 <>.
  • "Grimm's Fairy Tales". National Geographic Society, 1999.
  • Hodgkinson, Nick, Kate Reynolds, et al. "Grimm Brothers" Fairy tales and Fables.

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