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Does the ending to this Brothers Grimm tale seem severe?

https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~spok/grimmtmp/007.txt

The linked story is not the original version but Wilhelm Grimm's bowdlerized version. The original ending is essentially the same except instead of a step-mother it is a mother-in-law, which was a change Wilhelm made in many stories. The rest of the story is is quite different between the two versions in the details but with essentially the same plot. Original ending:

Now they had to decide what they should do with the evil mother-in-law. Well, they stuck her into a barrel full of boiling oil and poisonous snakes, and she died a ghastly death.

All the "evil" mother-in-law did was suggest that the queen was being unfaithful; it was the king who sentenced the queen to death.

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Re: Does the ending to this Brothers Grimm tale seem severe?

The whole story seems severe. The Grimm brothers were a grim lot. Hardly a fairy story, - It's a morality tale, but I'm not sure how moral it actually is.
Anyway - what was the question again?….

Re: Does the ending to this Brothers Grimm tale seem severe?

The question was: Who is going to win the Australian Open Men's Singles Final: Roger Federer or Marin Čilić?

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Re: Does the ending to this Brothers Grimm tale seem severe?

The poisonous snakes were rather gratuitous. The boiling oil would have killed them instantly. What's the point?

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Re: Does the ending to this Brothers Grimm tale seem severe?

My guess is a post-execution snack.

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Re: Does the ending to this Brothers Grimm tale seem severe?

Does the ending of the tale seem severe? No more severe than the beginning of the tale. I mean, what kind of a king would put his 12 young sons to death like that? What a sick bastard.

Re: Does the ending to this Brothers Grimm tale seem severe?

My original post did mention that the first king's ultimatum was severe, but I decided to remove that and focus on the ending. I was reading the fairy tale and thought, "What? Why? What?" The linked version, as you must have read, has the explanation:
in order that her possessions may be great, and that the kingdom may fall to her alone
But the original doesn't even bother with that weak explanation:
Once upon a time there was a king who had twelve children, all boys. Moreover, he didn't want to have a daughter and said to his wife: "If you give birth to our thirteenth child, and it's a girl, I shall have the twelve boys killed. However, if it's a boy, then they'll all remain alive and stay together."
Maybe Wilhelm explicitly filled in details that were implicit in the original tales or maybe arbitrary irrational cruelty was just a normal thing.

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