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CapriUni BS: CapriUni's blog: disability in folktales (228* d) RE: BS: CapriUni's blog: disability in folktales 10 Sep 11

Morwen -- I plan on drawing some comparisons between stories that I post on the blog, yes. But I also want to leave some space for readers to draw their own conclusions. And I want each post to stand mostly on its own, without making people feel like they have to read every post to understand each one. There was so much more I could say about Hans, for example, but the post was already six word-processor pages long, and I didn't want to talk the poor reader to death.* But I do welcome (and look forward to) continuing the exploration of these tales via discussions in comments. *hint-hint*

As for Rapunzel -- Yes, she's kept isolated, but not because of a disability (rather, an attempt to keep her chaste). And it's not her blindness, but the prince's. And that's another story I will post in the future (though I'm hoping to keep the Grimms tales spaced out a bit -- like raisins in raisin bread -- it's not as much fun if they're all clumped together in one spot).

But, you know Hans-my-Hedgehog could be seen as belonging to the isolation motif, since he's kept hidden behind the stove when he's home, and hides himself in the middle of the forest when he's on his own...

And -- you're welcome. My pleasure. :-)
*also, it brought up a lot of personal anger issues from things I'd witnessed in my own childhood, and I didn't want my discussion to slide into a full-blown rant).

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