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Angel
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(2/16/03 4:49:45 pm)
Help on Rapunzel--formalistic, archetypal, & psychoanaly
I know that Rapunzel is a maturation story in which her sexuality is being hindered by the witch. Thereís a lot of imagery with her hair, the tower, and superego, id, and ego, her cutting of her hair, redemption, and a bunch of other important elements. Iím just having trouble organizing all of these ideas Iíve come up with into three approaches of literature: formalistic, archetypal, and psychoanalytic. If someone could help, that would be great! Iím also wondering if anyone has a suggestions for a strong thesis that could generalize the story with those three approaches to literature? Thanks so much! I really appreciate your time, help, and understanding.

Gregor9
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(2/19/03 6:03:16 am)
Elements of Rapunzel
Angel,
Be sure you go back to the first edition Grimm Brothers tale as you consider these elements. It was bowdlerized in all subsequent editions. In the first, the sexuality is more overt, as the way she gives herself and her arffair with the prince away to Mother Gothel is by saying, "Mother Gothel, my clothes no longer seem to fit me." She's pregnant, but because everything about sex and its consequences has been kept from her, she has no idea why her body is changing.
From the 2nd edition forward, she says instead "Mother Gothel, you're much heavier to pull up than the prince"--which is on the face of it an idiotic thing to say, but they had to find another way for her to give away her secret while "protecting" the children who were reading the tales.

Greg

Jess
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(2/19/03 7:21:57 am)
Writing
Angel,

It sounds as if you have done your research, but it organization you are having difficulty with. You can approach the subject by elements or by analysis types, for example. Why don't you do this: try making two or three potential outlines. Flush each version out with a sentence a sentence or two and see which outline flows more naturally based upon what you have to say. Don't hesitate to rearrange the order in the outline several times. It will begin to take shape and be much easier to write. My guess is that you already know the point you want to make, but that you are intimidated by the process. But sometimes going through this process, I find that an even better point just pops out.

Good luck,

Jess

Jess
Unregistered User
(2/19/03 7:50:02 am)
If you haven't checked it out
You may want to read Kate Bernheimer's "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall." It has a couple of interesting essays about Rupunzel as it has been interpreted by well-known women writers.

Jess

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