Rapunzel: a tale of the Grimm brothers

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Surely all or most of us have seen Disney's animated movie Tangled (2010); a movie that tells the story of Princess Rapunzel.

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But today I don't want to talk to you about that wonderful Disney story (that romantic, animated, excellent movie really seemed very good to me). Today I want to share the Rapunzel story by the Grimm brothers.

Rapunzel is a fairy tale from the Grimm brothers' collection. In the Grimm Brothers short story collection, Rapunzel is #12.2 Corresponds to type 310 of the Aarne-Thompson classification: The Maiden in the Tower.

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The Grimm brothers' story unfolds as follows...

A couple of peasants wanted to have a child, they lived next to a garden surrounded by walls that belonged to an evil witch. The wife finally becomes pregnant and sees some bluebells planted in the garden, which seem to her intensely.

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Her husband decides to go and collect some to please the craving of his pregnant wife; and ends up confronting the evil witch named Gothel, who accuses him of theft. He begs for mercy, and the witch gives him some bells to take to his wife on the condition that the child he is expecting be given to him at the time of his birth.

He agree. The baby is born but it turns out not to be a boy but a beautiful, sweet and blonde girl, the witch appears to claim the baby as part of the deal. And he names the girl the name of the plant, Rapunzel; finally takes the baby.

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When Rapunzel turns twelve the evil witch Gothel locks her away in a lonely, tall tower with no gate and goes to visit her every day, asking her to drop her long blonde and gold hair, to climb up to her. One day the prince, son of the King, hears Rapunzel singing in the tower, looks for a door, but obviously he does not find any, without finding any way to enter, he decides to stay and wait and see from a distance. He comes back often to hear her sing, until one day he can hear the witch saying to Rapunzel: "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let your hair fall, so I can climb the golden staircase", and, in this way, the prince discovers how to get to Rapunzel.

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When the witch leaves, she asks him to let her hair fall, and so goes up to her. Since that day I start visiting her every day, they both fall in love and he proposes to her. She accepts.

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They plan a way to get her out of the tower: he will go every night, to avoid bumping into the witch who visits her by day, and will wear silk, with which Rapunzel will weave to form a kind of rope.

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But the witch discovers that the prince is visiting Rapunzel (in the older Italian and French versions, because she has become pregnant), leading her to cut her hair and leave her in the middle of a swamp.

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When the prince arrives at night, the witch takes care of lowering the cut tresses to the prince's reach. When the prince rises and meets the witch in the tower, she tells him that she will never see Rapunzel again. The prince falls from the tower on thorns at the foot of the tower, becoming blind.

He ends up giving up because he will never be able to see Razpunzel again. Before long, while the prince was prowling through the swamp, he finds Rapunzel, the young woman, seeing him in such a state, decides to take him home.

Rapunzel cries sad and frustrated with pain when she sees the love of her life and in such a situation; Rapunzel's tears fall in the prince's eyes and at that moment he regains his sight.

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Finally, the prince and Rapunzel return to the kingdom, get married and are happy forever.

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In some versions Rapunzel's hair magically grows back when touched by the prince

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I particularly like this story; but I prefer the Disney version. If you read it, you can see that there are several differences and also similarities between this version and that of Disney.I particularly like this story; but I prefer the Disney version. If you read it, you can see that there are several differences and also similarities between this version and that of Disney.

Finally perhaps what I do not find meaning in this story, is the fact that Rapunzel's father will exchange flowers for his wife for his daughter.

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I hope you liked it!

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