by Jurij Dobravec
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Grimms’ The Fisherman and his Wife
The exceptional exposition of the environmental teaching among Grimms’ Fairy-tales bears The Fisherman and his Wife (KHM19). Originally written by Philipp Otto Runge in a Pomeranian dialect, it directly correlates the rise of wealth and power to progressive destruction of water, air, soil and the entire World.
According to Bolte and Polivka, Bible Paradise and Etruscan Tanaquil influenced its social motifs and the motif of the wife who pushes her husband to higher honours. Interestingly, folklorists missed the environmental moment despite being well exposed.
Fisherman and his Wife