Rapunzel (also known as Rapôncio) is a famous popular biography, collected by the Brothers Grimm and first published in 1815 and compiled in the book Tales for Childhood and Home. The story of the Brothers Grimm is an adaptation of the daily Persinette written by Charlotte-Rose of Caumont de La Force and was originally published in 1698.
The life story of Rapunzel, a young woman with long gold-colored hair, trapped atop a tower by a vengeful witch. The culmination of the story happens when a prince finds Rapunzel’s tower and secretly finds it.
Once upon a time, there was a childless couple who wanted a child very much, they were neighbors of a witch very feared, wicked, jealous and powerful. The wife, at the end of her pregnancy, felt a great desire to eat radishes, a variety of turnips that only grew in the sorceress’s orchard. For one night, the husband went out and broke into the orchard to satisfy his wife’s wishes, but on the second night, while climbing the wall to return home, the evil witch appears accusing him of theft. The man begged for mercy, and the old woman agreed to acquit him as long as the child was delivered to him at birth. Desperate, the man agreed; a beautiful girl was born and was given to the witch, who named her Rapunzel (referencing the radishes that were stolen from her).
When Rapunzel reached twelve years, the witch locked her in a tall tower, with no doors or stairs, with only a window at the top. When the witch wanted to climb the tower, she ordered Rapunzel to stretch out her golden tresses, and she would put her hair on a hook so that the witch could climb through it.
One day, a prince riding in the nearby woods heard Rapunzel singing in the tower. Enraptured by the voice, he went to look for the girl and found the tower, but no door. He was returning frequently, listening to the girl sing, and one day caught sight of a visit from the witch, thus learning how to climb the tower.
When the witch left, she asked Rapunzel to loosen her braids and, upon climbing, asked her to marry him. Rapunzel agreed. Together they made a plan: the prince would come each night (thus avoiding the witch, who visited her for the day), and bring her silk, which Rapunzel would gradually weave on a ladder. Like every day, the prince went to visit Rapunzel but the witch caught him.
In anger, the witch cut off Rapunzel’s locks and posed for her. When the prince arrived that night, the witch dropped her tresses to transport him up. The prince realized in horror that Rapunzel was no longer there; the witch said she would never see her again and pushed him to the thorns below, which blinded him.
For years, he wandered through the devastated lands of the country and eventually reached the desert where Now Rapunzel lived with the twins she had given birth to, a boy and a girl, the prince’s children. One day, as she sang, he heard her voice again and they gathered. When they fell into each other’s arms, her tears immediately restored the vision of the beloved. He took Rapunzel and his twins to their kingdom, where they live happily ever after.