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Humanities 2016, 5(2), 34;

The Magic and Science of Grimm: A Television Fairy Tale for Modern Americans

Texas Historical Commission, 1738 FM 2705, Mexia, TX 76667, USA
Academic Editor: Claudia Schwabe
Received: 11 March 2016 / Revised: 22 May 2016 / Accepted: 23 May 2016 / Published: 27 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fairy Tale and its Uses in Contemporary New Media and Popular Culture)
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The National Broadcasting Company’s (NBC) Grimm uses fairy tales and an altered history to explore modern issues in American society such as environmental concerns, individuality, and social and cultural change through magic and magic-tinged science. Worldwide chaos and strife are easily explained as part of the Grimm universe (Grimmverse) through Wesen (humanoid creatures who share characteristics with animals such as appearance and behavior), leading to a more united view of humanity and equality of human experience. Evil is often more scientifically explained, and what may appear random within our reality becomes part of a pattern in Grimm. Grimm gives its American audience a form of societal unity through historic folklore and a fictional explanation for the struggles Americans perceive to be happening within their own society as well as in other parts of the world. View Full-Text
Keywords: fairy tale; television; Grimm; technology; science; magic realism fairy tale; television; Grimm; technology; science; magic realism
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