I am writing a research paper on how the Grimm tales have adapted so much throughout the centuries, to better suit the modern culture. I am comparing the original tales to modern versions of the stories such as Disney films. Why have these tales changed so much and how have they still managed to remain recognizable as the original tales they are?
I agree with the first post, especially as to the second paragraph. For example, in the original story, Cinderella's stepsisters cut off parts of their feet to try to fit the slipper, right? Can you imagine Disney doing that?
But the stories remain much the same because of the messages that they hold which do resonate today. In Cinderella, for example, the idea that a good person who is abused will be vindicated is a powerful one. That is the sort of moral that we want our kids exposed to.