(12/10/02 3:22:13 am)
In considering the theme of betrayal, I've noticed at least two types. One where the betrayer is abandoned, as in The Girl With No Hands. She leaves her betraying father and never returns. But in the Whitebear-type stories, the betrayal is forgiven after much trial for the one who broke her promise.
Two questions: Why is the theme of betrayal or disobedience so prevalent/powerful? What is accomplished by the perseverance through suffering before the reunion with the beloved?
(12/10/02 3:53:18 am)
Sounds like homework to me.
(12/10/02 9:04:06 am)
your personal knowledge|
dear Rhonda: consider thinking about problem you offer this way/ Have you suffered? Have you been betrayed? How did you become disheartened then? How did you become strong from it. Write about that, about your own experience and your interest will be served, your insight deepened into the motif in tales.
grandmother cpe sitting beside grandmother yo-lin
(12/10/02 10:58:15 am)
Re: Betrayal, and disobedience?|
Another question might be, when is disobedience not betrayal?
Is it possible that some of these stories have been 'moralized' to promote obedience for its own sake? I remember someone writing about a version of "Bluebeard" which carried a moral condeming curiosity -- though it was curiosity that saved the heroine's life and stopped a series of murders!
PS. And what about "Hansel and Gretal"? The parents keep betraying the children, and the children keep going back home.
Edited by: Rosemary Lake at: 12/14/02 7:55:49 pm