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FC: Godfather Death | By: Brian O'Neill, Alan Jackson, Ian Vorrath

1: Historical Information

2: Godfather Death is a German fairytale originally named Der Gevatter Tod.

3: The exact date of its creation is unknown; however, many speculate it existed in 1553 due to the Hans Sach's Meister Songs.

4: The second version of the tale (which includes a different ending) appeared in the first edition of Kinder-und Haushmrchen.

5: The tale is number 44 in the Grimm Brothers' Collection and Type number 332 in the Aarne-Thompson Collection

6: Impact on Society Today

7: The song Don’t Fear (The Reaper) (1976) by The Blue Oyster Cult is about Death.

8: The Godfather death character takes on a new twist in Peter S. Beagle’s Come Lady Death (1978). In this short story death arrives at a ball is actually a woman.

9: Anne Sexton wrote a poem titled “Godfather Death” in the opera Transformations (1979).

10: The 1993 film Meet Joe Black is based around a man and his dealings with the character Death.

11: Death is the main character in Cartoon Network’s program The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (2001)

12: Archetypes

13: The Magic Weapon In this story, the magic weapon is the special herb Death gives to the physician. It has the power to cure any illness and is what makes the physician so successful.

14: The Damsel in Distress The damsel in distress in the fairy tale would be the King’s daughter. She is dying and despite Death’s warnings, the physician decided to save her anyway.

15: Mentor The mentor in this story is Death. Death had promised to make the child rich and famous and fulfilled that promise when he showed the physician the magic herb and told him how to use its power.

16: Young Person from the Provinces This particular archetype represents the physician as he is taken from his father at birth and raised by Death.

17: The Initiate This also describes the physician as he is taught by Death, his mentor, how to use the herb and become a famous physician and save many lives.

18: Themes: | No one can escape death.

19: Everyone must accept the consequences for their actions

20: Motifs | A major motif of the Grimm Fairy Tale Godfather Death is life and death. Another motif is using light to represent life.

21: Summary

22: Death becomes the godfather for a child who is given away at birth and promises to make the child bot rich and famous.

23: Death gives the child a special herb to cure all sickness as long as Death appears at the head of the patient. Death warns him, however, that if he stands at the patient’s feet and the herb is used, there will be consequences.

24: The boy becomes a famous physician and is called to save the king, yet death appears at the king’s feet. The physician disobeys death and is warned.

25: Then, the king’s daughter fell ill, and death appeared at her feet. Nevertheless, the physician used the herb and disobeyed death again.

26: Death took the physician to a cave filled with candles representing the lives of all humans. Death showed the physician his candle which then burned out, and the physician died.

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