When his 13th arrives, he went out to the road to find a godfather for the child.
Synopsis[ edit ] A poor man has twelve children, and works just hard enough to feed each of them every day. When his thirteenth and last child is born, the man decides to find a godfather for this child.
He runs out into the highway, and finds God walking on the highway. God asks to be the godfather, promising the child health and happiness.
The man, after finding out that the man is God, declines, saying that God condones poverty. Then the man meets the Devil on the highway. The Devil asks to be the godfather, offering the child gold and the world's joys.
The man, after finding out that the man is the Devil, declines, saying that the Devil deceives mankind.
The man, still walking Godfathers death by wilhelm grimm the highway, meets Death. The man decides to make Death the child's godfather saying that Death takes away the rich and the poor, without discrimination.
The next Sunday, Death becomes the child's godfather. When the boy comes of age, Death appears to him and leads him into the woods, where special herbs grow. There, the boy is promised that Death will make him a famous physician. It is explained that, whenever the boy visits an ill person, Death will appear next to the sick person.
If Death stands at the person's head, that person is to be given the special herb found in the forest, and cured.
But, if Death appears at the person's feet, any treatment on them would be useless as they would soon die. The boy soon becomes famous, just as Death has foreseen and receives plenty of gold for his amazing ability to see whether a person would live or die.
Soon, the king of all the lands becomes ill and sends for the famous physician. When the physician goes to see the king, he notices immediately that Death is standing at the foot of the bed. The physician feels pity for the king, and decides to trick Death.
The physician then turns the king in his bed so that Death stands over the head. He then gives the king the herb to eat. This heals the king and speeds his recovery.
Soon after, Death approaches the physician, expressing his anger for tricking him and disobeying Death's rules. But because the physician is Death's godchild, he does not punish him.
Death then warns the physician that if he was to ever trick Death again, he will take the physician's life. Not much later, the king's daughter becomes ill and the physician goes to see her as well.
The king promises his daughter's hand in marriage and the inheritance of the crown if the physician cures her.
When the physician visits the princess, he sees Death at her feet. Ignoring this, he is captivated by the princess's beauty and thoughts of being her husband. The physician then turns the princess so that Death is at her head. He then feeds her the herb. Just as the princess is coming around, Death grasps the physician by the arm and drags him to an underground cavern.
In this cave are thousands upon thousands of candles, each burned down to different lengths.In Godfather Death, by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, the decisions of a godson are explored as he journeys through his life, takes advantage of possible opportunities, and ultimately decides his own fate.
One will quickly see how a simple decision can change a life forever, through the following passage. Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm [Or use the fine, and more modern translation by D.L. Ashlima n.] A poor man had twelve children and was forced to work night and day to give them even bread.
1 GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES GODFATHER DEATH Jacob Ludwig Grimm and Wilhelm Carl Grimm Grimm, Jacob () and Wilhelm () - German philologists whose collection “Kinder- und Hausmarchen,” known. When I first read “Godfather Death” by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm it was a shocking story for me for the fact that it got me thinking on a different perspective.
This story does not have the usual good intentions/5. Literary Criticism of Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm’s Short Story Godfather Death.
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