Archetypal Elements In Rapunzel

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Folklore is a worldwide tradition. Fairy tales have been read or told to countless young children for many years. After listening to these stories children’s imaginations start to evolve thinking that what they have heard are true. Fairy Tales have impacted many children’s lives for numerous years due to the fictional aspect of the stories with creatures, supernatural abilities, and fantasies. These appealing fictional aspects have helped these stories withstand time for hundreds or even thousands of years. One of the most recognizable fairy tale authors The Grimm Brothers have written several very well know stories. In “Rapunzel” the Grimm Brothers show archetypal elements, psychological values, and culture to get the attention of children …show more content…
In the beginning of the story the enchantress catches the husband of the pregnant woman stealing rampions out of her garden and accuses him of theft. While pleading for his life, the enchantress softens up and says to him "If the case be as you say, I will allow you to take away with you as much rampion as you will, only I make one condition, you must give me the child which your wife will bring into the world. It shall be well treated, and I will care for it like a mother." (Grimm). The enchantress shows archetypal elements showing that she isn’t an evil person all the time. As we move along in the story, a prince hears now a older Rapunzel in a tower singing and think she has a beautiful voice. He returns to the tower each and everyday to hear her sing, but has no idea how he will get to the top until he witnesses the enchantress go up. She goes up by uttering the words “ Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!” (Grimm). By watching how the enchantress got up to the tower he himself uttered the same phrase. The phrase worked and he was able to get to Rapunzel, but the enchantress wasn’t so happy about Rapunzel’s new friend. This incident caused a feud between the Prince and the Enchantress is another archetypal element showing clashing of good and evil. Despite the best efforts of the enchantress Rapunzel still is introduced to the outside world. Leaving the tower with the prince is an example of …show more content…
Researching this fairy tale showed and taught me various lessons on why parents do somethings to their children. The lesson that this story has showed to children over the years is that you should always obey your parents because they are looking out for your best interest. I myself am no stranger to this fairy tale, but has a younger not as knowledgeable person I did not understand the message the story was trying to convey to its listeners. If I were to know what I do now I would be able to understand the deep meaning behind the

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