The fairytales are something gripping to the toddlers and the little children. Because of their wonderful story-lines, the fairytales get preferred by a lot of adults too. These fairytales are ideal bedtime stories to small children that work as a lullaby. However, the back stories of these fairytales are somewhat horrifying. Sites like listofwhat.com gives you ample information regarding popular fairytale characters, here let us discuss some of the back stories of these famous fairytale characters.
The story of Cinderella is loosely based on a Greek woman’s life story. The Greek woman was amazingly beautiful. Her unmatched complexion earned her the name Rhodophis that meant ‘rosy-cheeked’. At a tender age, this woman was captured and sold as a slave and she was sent to Egypt in the 500 BC.
The man, who bought her, was startled by her beauty and used to give her gifts that were more than expensive. One of these gifts was a pair of glittering golden shoes. The Pharaoh, Ahmose II noticed her beauty and thought of marrying her. Though she never belonged to any royal blood, she still got the chances of performing the royal rituals along with pleasing the Pharaoh carnally.
The character of Rapunzel is also listed in the listofwhat.com website as one of the eminent fairytale characters. It is said that Rapunzel was the daughter of a merchant who believed in Paganism. She was unbelievably pretty. The merchant was mesmerized by his little daughter’s beauty and decided not to get her married. To keep her away from the public eye, the merchant kept her locked in a high tower. But the girl kept on praying loudly and became Christian automatically by the power of her prayers.
Angered by the deeds of his daughter, she took Rapunzel to the Roman pro-consul. The Roman pro-consul advised the merchant to behead the girl or restrict her from his property if she doesn’t agree to leave her newly found religion. The merchant beheaded his daughter. But he also died instantly by a thunder strike. The Eastern Orthodox Church refers the character of Rapunzel as Saint Barbara.
The character of Snow White listed on listofwhat.com is based on a 16th-century kind-hearten woman called Margarete von Waldeck. Raised in the Bad Wildungen, she felt bad for the kids who worked in the copper mine of her brother as laborers. Because of the hard work and malnourished, the growth of the children got interrupted and they were called as dwarfs. To get rid of her, the lady’s stepmother sent her to the Brussels court. Here Prince Philip II of Spain saw her and fell in love with her. To condemn this romantic involvement, King of Spain, father of the Prince Conspired against Margarete and poisoned her to death.
Fairytales are always catchy and interesting. But many of them have the tragic backstories that depict the vulnerability of the original characters. Penned by eminent authors, many of the fairytale characters have tragic sides to tell, but they are much stronger in the stories than the real characters that inspired the authors to write.