The Grim Endings of the Most Famous Happily Ever After Stories
Storytelling and story writing might be an ancient art, but it has evolved and changed a lot with time. The plots which used to be magical and mythical are now more reality based. Even the writing process, which required scribbling on stones or dipping the pen frequently in ink, now only demands printer ink refill or toner cartridges. Yet, there are many stories, which are constantly told without a single change. The same stories that we tell our children have been passed on from generation to generation. These are the famous bedtime stories or better known as fairy tales.Whenever talking about fairy tales, our imagination flies away to a magical, mystical world full of rainbows and ponies. This is the world that Disney has created for us. Disney always has its way of telling stories, elaborating situations and defining characters. Snow White was probably the first ever animated feature film, which defined the stereotype of a perfect damsel in distress. The movie was loved by children and adults alike. The reason might be that we humans always expect everything to end well, the good taking over evil and then living happily ever after.
The truth is that most of those stories are actually not written with an ‘all goes well’ ending. As the biggest contributor of the stories were the legendary Grimm brothers, the actual end was mostly gruesome. However, there always was a moral behind those stories. Thus, the alteration by Disney was not really intended to add a positive aspect to the moral of the story but to make it suitable for younger audiences.One of the most prominent change was made in the story is of ‘Cinderella’. We know it as a wonderful story with singing birds, sewing mice and a cute little fairy god mother. The only evil in the story is her step mom and sisters, made worse as the ugly step sisters. Apart from their treacherous behaviors, who can imagine anything cruel in the story? Yet, in the actual Grimm version, the step sisters are pretty ladies who desperately cut their own feet in order to fit them in the slippers. But that is not where it ends. The birds eventually poked the sisters’ eyes in the end to serve justice.
Other famous stories include the story of the piper in which he actually leads the children to a river where they end up drowning. Thus, teaching a good lesson to the treacherous people of the town. Likewise, in the original version of Snow White, the whole first kiss part is missing. Moreover, it was not the heart that the queen ordered, it were the lungs which she wanted to be served for dinner. It was actually the jolt of the prince’s horse, which woke the lady up. Later, the queen was made to pay for her deeds by dancing to death in red hot iron shoes.