Summary (Magill's Survey of World Literature, Revised Edition)
The style of the Brothers Grimms’ tales is simple, appropriate for a child. The language is serious, dignified, and poetic. There is little description, a lot of action, and enough speech to make the narrative interesting. In some stories, a person or an animal will resort to verse at a crucial point. The openings and closings of the Grimms’ fairy tales are ritualistic, pungent, and much more inventive than the stale “once upon a time” and “they lived happily ever after.”
In selecting and arranging their folktales, the Grimms, and Wilhelm especially, showed balance, taste, and love. The result was wonderful.
(The entire section is 101 words.)
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