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« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2006 10:16:32 PM »


I've always been interested in the villian's side of the story in fairy tales. The witch in Rapunzel intrigues me. Why is she so afraid of Rapunzel encountering men? And why is her solution for this to imprison Rapunzel in an enormous phallus? Maybe the witch is really the one who is trapped. The feminist issues in fairy tales fascinate me. This is an illustration that is meant to change the roles a bit to make you think about those issues. If you are at all interested in this, I'd highly reccomend Jane Yolen's Once Upon a Time, She Said.

This is watercolor, pen, & ink.

If you have an interest in the villain's side in fairy tales and such (or stories like the Wizard of Oz), I highly recommend reading Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I loved this book. You will definitely never look at the Wizard of Oz the same. Although it's more of a religious and socialistic viewpoint rather than feminist it's an awesome book. Anyways, just my two cents. Smiley The drawing is very nice by the way. Thankyou for sharing.
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« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2006 10:58:05 PM »

In the original version of the story I do believe Rapunzel became pregnant and at some point the prince was stricken blind. The old fairy tales were some crazy stuff.

I don't think I've ever read a version where Rapunzel was pregnant (or maybe I'm just forgetting! I haven't read Rapunzel in a while... Tongue). In the one I remember, the witch found like... a piece of the prince's clothing on the windowsill or something equally ridiculous. Maybe whoever was interpretting the story didn't want to scar young readers. Tongue

It makes a little more sense (maybe) this way.
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« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2006 10:58:58 PM »

All the fairy tales becamse diluted for modern day children.
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« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2006 11:35:45 PM »

I like your drawing and I think your subject matter is really intriguing.  Are you familiar with the work of Kiki Smith?  She's a feminist artist who has explored fairy tales in her work and some of it is really cool.  I think you'd like it, especially her Little Red Riding Hood stuff.
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« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2006 03:23:03 AM »

oooh that's a gorgeous pic. You got me interested in all the things being deleted from Fairy tales (PC gone made maybe?). This site is about Rapunzel - comparing the first edition with the final (http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm012a.html). Even though it wasn't mentioned that she was pregnant in the later story, she still has twins. Crazy.
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« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2006 04:53:46 AM »

It's lovely. I've always been facinated with fairy tales, but my mother didn't let me read them as a kid and encouraged me to read the original versions when I turned about 12. It's hard for me to put a relatively new concept like feminism or maybe I misunderstand the term, on the archetypes created in folklore and re-written repeatedly to fit the times, but the sexual themes are certainly strong. The villians are really interesting, I know that Rumplestiltskin still gives me the absolute willies.
For a woman (Rapunzel), a woman (the witch) pushed the prince into a patch of brambles which can also be seen as a yonic symbol for men afraid of the mystery of a woman, and it blinded him.
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« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2006 08:38:22 PM »

Thank you! I hadn't heard of Kiki Smith before. I just looked up a couple of her things, and they look really cool. I'll have to check out more. I love seeing what other people think of fairy tales. They're such an integral part of growing up in our culture, but they're really pretty bizarre. It's interesting to see how other people (especially women) have been influenced by them.
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« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2006 08:55:08 PM »

Have you ever read Yolen's Briar Rose? It's absolutely fantastic, and with the tons of fiction books i've read, it's one of the few that has always stuck with my. Do you know the dresden dolls? the band? the book is a lot like their song, "Mrs. O". the picture is fantastic, i just put the book on my amazon wish list, thanks!
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« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2006 09:29:37 PM »

Having very long hair myself, the idea of Rapunzel has always fascinated me. But alas, I was either sheltered or oblivious. I always thought the witch found out about the prince (somehow) and then cut Rapunzels hair. She took the cut braid and used it as bait to capture the prince for herself.

So, I wonder how many versions there are out there?

Yes, the witch was ugly and had issues with Rapunzel's beauty. So she hides her in the tall tower. Uggh. But I never read Rapunzel was preggers.  Shocked

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Ugghh again. I just noticed this uploaded twice... I deleted the second one...

Cute drawing.
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