History Literature / Rapunzel

17th Dec '17 8:23:30 PM Lullaby22
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* PlotHole: If the window is the only the entry to the tower and climbing Rapunzel's hair is the only way to get up there, how did The Witch get Rapunzel in the tower in the first place? And if the witch has another way in, why doesn't she use that instead of undergoing such an arduous task?
23rd Nov '17 5:52:06 AM Carliro
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The story may be based on the legend of Rudaba as found in the ''Literature/TheShahnameh'', as well as the tale of St. Barbara. Many of the older forms -- such as "Literature/SnowWhiteFireRed" -- appear more closely related to a tale type called "The Girl Helps The Hero Flee" -- such as "Literature/TheWhiteDove". Another variant is "Literature/{{Prunella}}".

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The story may be based on the legend of Rudaba as found in the ''Literature/TheShahnameh'', as well as the tale of St. Barbara. Many of the older forms -- such as "Literature/SnowWhiteFireRed" -- appear more closely related to a tale type called "The Girl Helps The Hero Flee" -- such as "Literature/TheWhiteDove". Another variant is "Literature/{{Prunella}}".
"Literature/{{Prunella}}". Some researchers also consider this to be a remnant of some pre-christian european [[ThePowerOfTheSun sun goddess]] myth - compare for instance the stories of Saule's imprisonment in Baltic Mythology.
6th Oct '17 10:27:45 PM Delphi
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** Most modern tellings leave out the fate of the witch...the prince zaps her with a wand that makes her [[CruelAndUnusualDeath dance into a thornbush and lacerate herself to death.]]
6th Oct '17 8:38:42 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* InformedAbility: The witch never actually does any magic.

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* InformedAbility: The witch never actually does any magic.magic in either of the original Grimm tellings. Retellings and adaptations, however, often let her show off her talents.
23rd Sep '17 8:10:51 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* SayingTooMuch: In some tellings of the story, Rapunzel accidentally reveals that she's been having a visitor when she asks the witch why it's so much harder to bring her up to the tower than the Prince.
23rd Sep '17 8:03:46 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* LooseLips: In some versions, Rapunzel gives away the Prince's visits when she asks the witch why she's so much heavier/slower than him.
23rd Sep '17 8:00:13 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HarpOfFemininity: Rapunzel has one in her tower in some versions.
16th May '17 8:59:27 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* MyBelovedSmother: Some takes on the witch make her into an overprotective parental figure.
15th May '17 9:00:05 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: The innocent, beautiful, pure, inaccessible maiden is blond. Yup.

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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: The innocent, beautiful, pure, inaccessible maiden is blond.blonde. Yup.



* RealityIsUnrealistic: Experiments have determined that human hair actually ''is'' strong enough to support an adult human's weight (even blond hair, which is weaker than darker hair), as long as it's anchored to something first so that it's not pulling directly on the scalp. All early versions of the tale mention that Rapunzel ties her hair to a hook in the wall before letting someone climb it; this is seen in ''Tangled'' as well.

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: Experiments have determined that human hair actually ''is'' strong enough to support an adult human's weight (even blond blonde hair, which is weaker than darker hair), as long as it's anchored to something first so that it's not pulling directly on the scalp. All early versions of the tale mention that Rapunzel ties her hair to a hook in the wall before letting someone climb it; this is seen in ''Tangled'' as well.
4th May '17 8:14:36 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* LuredIntoATrap: After the witch cuts off Rapunzel's hair and banishes her, she lets down the shorn locks when the Prince, unaware of what happened, calls to Rapunzel. Though what happens next depends on the version, her intentions for him are clearly not good.
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