What is a fairy tale? A fairy tale also known as a wonder tale is a kind of folktale or fable. In these stories, there are witches and queens, giants and elves, princes, dragons, talking animals, ogres, princesses, and all sorts of mystical creatures. There are many well-known and famous fairy tales. One of the most famous fairy tales is known as Rapunzel. There are many versions of this fairy tale. The most famous versions are Rapunzel, Petrosinella and the Walt Disney movie, Tangled. The Grimm version Rapunzel was written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. This is the short story that is known by most people. Petrosinella is the Italian version of Rapunzel, which was written by Giambattista Basile. Tangled, a Disney movie made in 2010 is the most recent and known version of Rapunzel. All these versions of Rapunzel have many differences and similarities. One similarity is that all the stories contain a "witch" or some evil character. Another similarity is they all have a happy ending with the main character ending up with her "prince". They also all contain a scheme to get her out of the tower.
The Grimm version was first published in 1812. It was first or originally part of the Children's and Household Tales. This version of Rapunzel starts off with a man stealing something from a witch's garden. Due to him stealing his wife and him were then forced to give the witch their newborn baby girl. The baby girl was named Rapunzel. When Rapunzel was twelve years old, she was singing in the tower that she lived in, and a prince heard her beautiful signing from the tower she was imprisoned in. Rapunzel and her prince made a plan for her to be able to get out of the tower so they could marry one another. The witch caught on to their plan and sent Rapunzel to a desert. The witch confronted the prince and he then jumped out of the tower. Rapunzel and her prince are reunited then and live happily.