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History of Sleeping Beauty


The first known influence of Sleeping Beauty came from a chapter in a French Romance book in 1528 called, “Perceforrest(Perceforrest info). This fairy tale contains many similar fundamentals that the modern interpretations also include. In this version, while the Princess is in her coma she is raped and delivers a child without waking. This is very different from the Sleeping Beauty that most people know.
The next known version was written by Charles Perrault called, “Le belle au bois dormante”. The Grimm Brothers originated their fairy tale from this version of the classic story.

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Early Written Versions of Sleeping Beauty:

1. Sun, Moon and Talia - An Italian soldier, Giambattista Basile, changed the original version to “Sun, Moon, and Talia”, which was printed in 1634. This version is shocking and some parts are repulsive. In some early versions of this tale, the King, or sometimes the Prince, impregnates the Sleeping Beauty while she is sleeping, then leaves her. She awakens not at the kiss of the Prince, but at the birth of her twin children.

2. The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood- This is a French version of Sleeping Beauty written by Charles Perrault in 1696 in his Histories, or Stories of Past Times. This story contains many similarities with the Disney version such as the "evil" fairy placing a spell on the Princess causing her to prick herself and die, and the good fairies changing this spell so that she does not die but instead falls asleep for many years. This version is also what the ballet is based on. Perrault’s story was the first version where Sleeping Beauty was woken by the kiss of the Prince.

3. Little Briar-Rose - The GrimmBrothers Version of Sleeping Beauty from theirChildren’s and Household Tales in 1815. This story ends with the Prince and the Princess reuniting. This tale involves no rape or cannibalism, so Disney's movie of Sleeping Beauty bears the closest resemblance to this version.

4. Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty)- Anne Sexton's version of Sleeping Beauty which contains talk of incest and rape. This is a dark version of Sleeping Beauty which contains images that are not for children. This is an analysis of her poem.

Different versions from around the world
Modern Versions

Ballet Version


Tchaikovsky’s Ballet, Sleeping Beauty, was derived from the fairy tale “Le belle au bois dormante” by Charles Perrault.

The ballet has many different themes and music, along with choreography to tell the story of Sleeping Beauty. All of these elements help complete the ballet, and express the emotions that are present in this fairy tale.

Princess Aurora is born and the king calls for a big christening celebration. At the Princesses christening, the king invites all the fairies to present her with gifts. Unfortunately, he forgot to invite the Carabosse who then shows up uninvited. She puts a spell on the child saying that on her 18th birthday she will prick her finger and die. The fairies couldn't reverse the spell but made it so the Princess would fall asleep for a hundred years and wake up by the kiss of a Prince.

Act one:
its Aurora's 18th birthday and Carabosse hides a poisoned needle in a bouquet of flowers given to Aurora. The needle pricks her finger and she falls into a deep sleep.

Act two:
A hundred years later, Prince Florimund is out hunting when he has a vision of Aurora which whom he quickly falls in love with. The Prince pleads with the fairy to take him to the Princess but first he will need to battle Carabosse who will try to prevent him from entering the castle. Once he gets inside he awakens the Princess with a kiss and declares his love for her.

Act three:
The palace is prepared for the wedding. A dress is made for Aurora and everyone in the village comes to celebrate.

Analysis Of Sleeping Beauty:

This article offers the history of Sleeping Beauty. The origin of Sleeping Beauty says that the earlier versions of Sleeping Beauty were meant for adults. There is also an analysis of Giambattista Basile and Charles Perrault's Sleeping Beauty as well as the Brothers Grimm version.
Politically Correct Version (Excerpt) of Sleeping Beauty by James Finn Garner from Once Upon a More Enlightened Time. This book contains many politically correct versions of classic children's tales, correcting the questionable material in each story.

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Real Life Sleeping Beauty- This is a true story about a 15 year old girl who has a rare disorder causing her to sleep for 2 weeks at a time.
New Sleeping Beauty Movie - This movie is based off the classic Sleeping Beauty but it has been renamed Maleficent and will focus on the villian's point of view. This movie will be directed by Tim Burton and will star Angelina Jolie.

Disney's Version of Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 animated film based on the fairy tale “Le belle au bois dormant” by Charles Perrault. It is also derived form the Tchaikovsky’s ballet of the same name.


Plot Summary:

The Disney version begins with the King and Queen welcoming a baby girl named Aurora. Though she was just an infant, the princess was betrothed to Prince Philip in order to unite their two kingdoms. On her christening day, her three godmothers gave Aurora gifts of beauty and song. But before her third gift, Maleficent shows up to the christening unannounced and uninvited. After expressing her disappointment of not being invited, she enchants a curse upon Aurora that on her 16th birthday she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die. After Maleficent disappears, the king asks her godmother to break the curse. Although she could not break it, her godmother is able to weaken it. Rather than dying from pricking her finger, she will instead fall into a deep sleep that could only be awoken by true love’s first kiss.

Years later, Aurora’s name is changed to Briar Rose in order to protect her, and she also has no idea about her past as a princess. She lives far into the woods with her three godmothers. She is now a beautiful young woman who dreams falling in love some day. While picking berries one day, Rose meets Prince Philip and the two instantly fall in love. Later that day, the godmothers tell Rose the truth and must return her to her parents. While in the palace, Maleficent uses her powers to lure Aurora into pricking her finger. After touching the spindle, Aurora falls into a deep slumber. The godmothers discover Aurora and put the whole kingdom asleep until the spell is broken. Realizing Prince Philip is in love with Aurora, the godmothers search for him. However, Philip had been kidnapped by Maleficent and put into a dungeon. The godmothers are able to find him and free him, but also protect him with a magical shield and sword. With his magical weapon, he is able to defeat Maleficent by stabbing her heart. Philip then climbs into Aurora’s chamber and removes the curse with true love’s first kiss.

Enchanted is a newer Disney movie that combines aspects of Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Giselle, the main character, has many traits like the other disney princesses. A main aspect that Disney took from Sleeping Beauty is how Queen Narissa (Enchanted) and Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty) both transform into a dragon to stop the prince from saving the princess. The "prince" figure in both stories is able to wake the "princess" figure in both stories, just like Disney's original version of Sleeping Beauty.
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A classic story of an enchanted sleeping maiden.
Watch a child friendly video of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale.
The Disney movie trailer for Sleeping Beauty. (1959)
Ballet version by Charles Perraul was played in 1890.