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Re: wicked stepmothers!

Posted by Gabbi-x-2 on June 5, 2005, at 0:12:42

In reply to wicked stepmothers!, posted by happyflower on June 4, 2005, at 9:53:35

Well my T said normally it isn't the stepmom that do the abuse, it is the stepfathers. He also told me back in those days when there was a divorce kids went to live with the fathers since they were the bread winners. So that why you see so much stepmother stories.

Well that's partly true. I suppose in the context of the times, that's the way *evil* was portrayed in the stories, Often it was a witch as well. Generally in fairy tales, (the ones that have been around seemingly forever) and even in many spiritual parables, the theme is goodover coming evil and the travails of the the Hero or heroine who is challenged by the evil. Often they are sent into into a *hell* or, in Sleeping beautie's case a deep sleep, in Ulysses case the seven hells, Jonah from the bible entered the belly of the whale. Little red riding hood entered forest, and then the wolf's belly..

The descent obviously takes on various forms. But the hero/heroine are resurrected after which they have achieved an enlightenment or happiness that would not have happened had they not undertaken the arduous task.
Both the story of Jesus and the Buddha follow this pattern as well, as many modern movies like Starwars.




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