Charlotte Smithson

Excerpt from sketchbook

Wilheim and Jacob Grimm dedicated their lives to the documentation of folklore and spoken stories. Filtering through the years since the early 1800’s, their literature remains popular reading for both adults and children. Although modern renderings by the likes of Disney, children’s literature and even versions involving Barbie alter the original form of the tales, they still retain their importance. Their subtexts and subtle undertones have been the subject of much psychoanalytical research. With undercurrents of Oedipal fantasy, sexual suppression and frustration, sibling rivalry, violence and torture, the tales have the capacity to enthral the reader whilst inculcating their subliminal messages.