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Identifying archetypes within fairy tales

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Transcript of Identifying archetypes within fairy tales

Little Red Ridding Hood,
Rumpelstiltskin,
Hansel and Gretel,
Cinderella.
Rumpelstiltskin
Character: Poor Miller (The threshold guardian), Beautiful Daughter (Hero), Rumpelstiltskin (Evil figure with ultimately a good heart), The King (The Devil Figure).

Theme: The theme of this fairy tale is not to be boastful, as the poor miller was, because you could be called to take action on your words and in the millers case, what he said about his daughter was not at all true.

Symbol: The symbol of this fairy tale is Supernatural intervention, as Rumpelstiltskin spun the straw into gold to benefit the girl and himself.

Situation: The situation of this fairy tale is again 'The Task' as the beautiful daughter is facing death if she can not spin straw into gold which seems impossible until...
Hansel and Gretel
Character: Hansel (Hero), Gretel (Hero), Mother (, Father (The evil figure with ultimately a good heart), The Witch (The Shadow)

Theme: The theme of this story is don't trust strangers as you never know who they can be or what their intentions are.

Symbol: The symbol of this fairy tale is 'The Underworld', as Hansel and Gretel have to face the Witches house (The Underworld) in order to survive.

Situation: The situation in this fairy tale is 'The Quest'. Hansel and Gretel must kill the witch in order to survive and bring futility back to the land.
Hansel and gretel are both also and example of a hunting group of companions as they fight throughout the whole story for each other and to stay together
Cinderella
Character: Cinderella (Hero), Prince (Loyal Retainer), Ugly step sisters, and mother (Shadows), Fairy God Mother (Mentor)

Theme: The theme of this fairy tale is love, the love cinderella showed for everything and everyone she came in contact with ultimately allowed her to rise above her situation!

Symbol: The symbol of this fairy tale is Supernatural Intervention. Cinderella is given supernatural aid when her fairy god mother shows up and transforms common critters and a pumpkin into a carriage with its own entourage, along with giving her a new dress and a pari of glass slippers.

Situation: The situation in this fairy tale is the battle of good vs. evil. Cinderella, who is symbolizing the good is put against great odds against her ugly step sisters, representing evil, who don't want her to go to the ball, but Cinderella ultimately goes to the ball, with some help from her fairy godmother, and the rest is history
Little Red Ridding Hood
Character: The characters in this fairy tale are little red ridding hood (The Child), her grandmother (Damsel in Distress), the wolf (The shadow), and for a brief time the mother (The threshold guardian).

Theme: The main theme of this fairy tale is to not talk to strangers, her mother tells her to stick to the path but she doesn't listen and has to face the wolf.

Symbol: The symbol of this fairy tale is Haven vs. Wilderness, as little red ridding hood live in a nice village and her problems start when she ventures into the dark wilderness.

Situation: The situation of this fairy tale is 'the task' as it may not be superhuman, but it is a feat that she is entrusted to bring the supplies to her grandmother, and she does not succeed so it doesn't perfectly fit any one situational archetype but i believe it relates to this one.
Identifying Archetypes within fairy tales
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