(7/29/02 8:10:31 am)
| Seven swans
There seems to be a lot of fairy tales similar to this one. Are
there more than average for most fairy tales. How are they all the
same, except for brothers turned bird of coarse.
(7/30/02 6:36:17 am)
| Re: Seven swans
I was wondering about that myself - having just read the tales "Seven
Ravens" and "Six Swans." I'm curious if anyone has
any thoughts as far as the psychological interpretations of that
motif (for example, where a step-parent's vengeance turns the six
brothers into swans, who in turn are saved and restored by their
sister, who has to go through immense trials and come close to death
to do so). Scott
(7/31/02 1:22:33 am)
I love the story of Seven (or Six) Swans when I was a child, and
I've written about the tale in two memoir-style essays published
in The Armless Maiden anthology, and in the new, expanded edition
of Kate's collection: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers
Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales
For me, the most important part of the story was that the sister
was required to remain silent in order to break her brothers' enchantment,
and that she had the courage to take on the task of breaking it
despite the fact that it was very painful (crushing nettles and
weaving them into coats), ad to persist even when it almost led
to her own death.
Living in household with violent parents, this was a story that
really spoke to me -- particular growing up in the Sixties when
child abuse and domestic violence were still issues shrouded in
thick silence. Also, I had younger half-brothers who I longed to
be able to save (and, alas, could not) from the "enchantment"
of our situation. This is a highly personal interpretation, of course,
and just one way that the tell can be read.
(7/31/02 1:23:47 am)
oops, that's meant to be "one way that the tale can be read"
for some reason there's no Edit button appearing on my posts today.
(7/31/02 5:36:11 am)
| strong girl
What i also like about this fairy tale is that the heroin, actualy
does something, are there any other that have such active heroins?
(7/31/02 10:54:16 pm)
| Re: Seven swans
Thanks for pointing out about the importance of her silence. There
is something very profound about that, which I didn't pick up before.
It strikes me as the passive internal face of courage, in comparsion
to the active external one which we much more often read about.
(8/1/02 1:51:08 am)
Terri (and others who may want to edit)- If you are a registered
user, click on "Log in" on the main page for the discussion
board and sign in. The Edit option should then appear next to all
of your posts.
(8/1/02 7:23:56 am)
Usually, this works for me, but something seems to be wrong with
the server - when I hit Log In, it sends me to a rather unhelpful
page, which contains the words "Help" and "Log In"
... and absolutely nothing to click. Also, for some reason, the
page doesn't renew automatically when I select it from my favorites
- it give me a version of the page from a week or so ago. I'm not
sure if this is the fault of my computer (which is a Mac, and pure
evil), or if there is something going on with the board. I've never
had these problems before...
(8/1/02 9:05:30 am)
| Re: Weeelllll...
I *am* logged in, but there's something screwy going on with the
(8/1/02 9:11:39 am)
| :( Odd...
That's really odd- I have edit buttons next to mine. Sorry!
Testing- this is an edit.
Another edit- Heidi, have you heard anything about EZBoard?
Edited by: Kerrie at: 8/1/02 9:33:26 am