Following a discussion of the similarities and differences between the fairy tale and Vormarz social prose, an analysis of Bettina Brentano-von Arnim's "Tale of the Lucky Purse" (1845) underscores the affinity between the two genres. As demonstrated, however, Brentano-von Arnim’s hybrid must be attributed not only to her familiarity with the entire spectrum of the fairy-tale tradition, but also to her unique ideological position in regard to the causes of and solutions to the "social question," the increasing impoverishment of the lower classes throughout the 1840s in the German states.
Morris-Keitel, Helen G.. "The Audience Should Be King: Bettina Brentano-von Arnim's "Tale of the Lucky Purse"." Marvels & Tales 11.1 (1997). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol11/iss1/4>.