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Transcript of Rapunzel Untangled
In her bedroom, she has a computer....which is the basis for the whole start of the story.
Man vs. Man
By Cindy C. Bennett, 2013
Angel is a little blue bird that is introduced as just a bird outside the window. Not a major concern. Angel served as Rapunzel's only company many times. This bird was a symbol of freedom, the freedom that Rapunzel never had....at least for a long time. Angel wasn't restricted by cares, boundaries, or people. She could fly away during cold weather, do whatever she wanted, Rapunzel could not. At the end of the book, when Rapunzel and Fane are visiting the remains of what had been, she sees Angel perched nearby. She then flies away. Repunzel then realized that she had the same freedom as Angel.
This is a very interesting book. I really enjoyed it. There were always surprises on every page. Sadly, I didn't really like the author's writing style, but overall, the book was fantastic.
Rapunzel is a seventeen year old girl with golden blonde hair...fifteen feet of it to be exact. She is naturally kind and curious, and independent for the most part. She lacks social skills since she has been locked in a tower her whole life, and is oblivious to many social norms. This main character is one of a kind.
Fane is a normal teenage boy. He has dark hair and eyes, muscular, and the beginning of a goatee. He is silly and usually playful, but always very kind. Not to mention, he would do anything for Rapunzel because he loves her, even if he won't admit it.
Our right to freely make choices is precious.
Rapunzel has been locked in a tower by her mother (or who she believes to be her mother) her whole life. As she grows, natural curiosity forces her to search for freedom....leading her to find Fane. Fane brings to her attention what freedom is and she realizes how important it is to be free to choose. Together, they find that freedom.
The conflict in the novel appears to be between Gothel and Rapunzel. Gothel locks her up in a tower and makes all choices for her. As the story develops, we are introduced to Vedmak and find that he is ultimately controlling Gothel, which means Rapunzel as well. The conflict boils down to free agency. Gothel and Vedmak interfere with Rapunzel's free agency.
"She would never tell her mother she often opened the window, afraid she would take away her one small freedom." p.6
"Soon Gothel returned, and Rapunzel was forced to submit to a tube being shoved down her throat. She cough and choked, tears running from her eyes." p.267
"...remaining was the most important part of the home, the original, humble beginnings of what should have been...Rapunzel saw Angel sitting on the only remaining pillar next to where the gate had been. Angel ruffled her feathers and bobbed her head. Then she flew away. Free." p. 292-293