History Literature / Rapunzel

21st Jun '16 12:30:50 AM PaulA
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the revised edition of the BrothersGrimm's story, Rapunzel (handling the IdiotBall) asks the witch why she's so much heavier to bring up the tower than the prince. This was changed from the original version, determined to be [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids unfriendly for children]], in which Rapunzel innocently asked [[TeenPregnancy why her dress was getting so tight around the middle]].

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the revised edition of the BrothersGrimm's Creator/TheBrothersGrimm's story, Rapunzel (handling the IdiotBall) asks the witch why she's so much heavier to bring up the tower than the prince. This was changed from the original version, determined to be [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids unfriendly for children]], in which Rapunzel innocently asked [[TeenPregnancy why her dress was getting so tight around the middle]].
3rd Jun '16 8:46:08 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* GildedCage: Rapunzel's tower is often depicted as a very nice place to live.
8th May '16 8:07:43 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* IdiotBall: Creator/TheBrothersGrimm gave Rapunzel this in their {{Bowdlerise}}d version when they have her, unprompted, mention the Prince to the witch. The first edition at least makes sense -- Rapunzel wonders aloud why her clothing no longer fits. Unsurprisingly, considering how the girl lived her life, she didn't know she was pregnant. The ''Faerie Tale Theatre'' adaptation removes the IdiotBall by giving Rapunzel a pet parrot who mimics the prince when the Witch comes to visit.

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* IdiotBall: Creator/TheBrothersGrimm gave Rapunzel this in their {{Bowdlerise}}d version when they have her, unprompted, mention the Prince to the witch. The first edition at least makes sense -- Rapunzel wonders aloud why her clothing no longer fits. Unsurprisingly, considering how the girl lived her life, she didn't know she was pregnant. The ''Faerie Tale Theatre'' adaptation removes the IdiotBall by giving Rapunzel a pet parrot who mimics the prince one day when the Witch comes to visit.
26th Mar '16 1:37:41 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* TooDumbToLive: Rapunzel's dad was not only stupid enough to break into the garden of a known witch to rob her, he did it multiple times; it's his own fault he was caught.
31st Jan '16 5:35:45 PM Goldfritha
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* AdaptationalHeroism: ''{{Disney/Tangled}}'' does this with the parents. In contrast to the original story, the mother is actually dying and she needs to be cured with a magical flower - one that the witch was using to keep herself young. They take the flower unknowingly from the witch. And she simply steals the child rather than offering them to trade. What's more is that the parents disappear from the original story and never bother about the whereabouts of their daughter - [[spoiler:here, they were searching for her, and are reunited at the end]].

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* AdaptationalHeroism: ''{{Disney/Tangled}}'' does this with the parents. In contrast to the original story, the mother is actually dying and she needs to be cured with a magical flower - one that the witch was using to keep herself young. They take the flower unknowingly from the witch. And she simply steals the child rather than offering them to trade. What's more is that the parents disappear from the original story and never bother about the whereabouts of their daughter - [[spoiler:here, they were searching for her, and are reunited at the end]].\\
This, of course, is returning to many of the older variants, where the Rapunzel figure and the prince do flee together, and she uses magic to ward off the pursuit.
7th Dec '15 7:11:50 PM LadyNorbert
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* AdaptationalHeroism: ''{{Disney/Tangled}}'' does this with the parents. In contrast to the original story, the mother is actually dying and she needs to be cured with a magical flower - that the witch was using to keep herself young. They take the flower unknowingly from the witch. And she simply steals the child rather than offering them to trade. What's more is that the parents disappear from the original story and never bother about the whereabouts of their daughter - [[spoiler:here, they were searching for her, and are reunited at the end]].
* BabiesEverAfter: Almost all versions end with Rapunzel and the prince living happily ever after with their two children (even if Rapunzel's pregnancy was not mentioned earlier on).

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** Rapunzel joins the cast of the ''VideoGame/DarkParables'' in the seventh installment, where she is trapped in the long-forgotten FictionalCountry of Floralia. Here, she is one of two princesses, each of whom has magic powers - Rapunzel is a FriendToAllLivingThings, with a magical singing voice and SwissArmyTears that can heal. Her little half-sister Belladonna, on the other hand, is an EnemyToAllLivingThings, whose lethal powers mean that only Rapunzel can touch her without danger. Mother Gothel is the younger princess's nursemaid, who takes advantage of her attachment to Rapunzel to enact an elaborate revenge plot on Floralia's patron goddess, endangering all of humanity in the process.
* AdaptationalHeroism: ''{{Disney/Tangled}}'' does this with the parents. In contrast to the original story, the mother is actually dying and she needs to be cured with a magical flower - one that the witch was using to keep herself young. They take the flower unknowingly from the witch. And she simply steals the child rather than offering them to trade. What's more is that the parents disappear from the original story and never bother about the whereabouts of their daughter - [[spoiler:here, they were searching for her, and are reunited at the end]].
* BabiesEverAfter: Almost all versions end with Rapunzel and the prince living happily ever after with their two children (even if Rapunzel's pregnancy was not mentioned earlier on).earlier).



** However, in some versions, the mother's want for the lettuce is so strong that she faces death if she doesn't get it, caused by the witch herself, or both.

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** However, in some versions, the mother's want for the lettuce is so strong that she faces death if she doesn't get it, caused by either from her overwhelming cravings or from the witch herself, or both.



* MissConception: In the first edition of the Grimm tales, the sorceress gets wind of the prince visiting Rapunzel when Rapunzel wonders why her dress is seemingly getting tighter and tighter around the middle. Obviously it does not occur to Rapunzel (probably because of her extremely sheltered life) that she could be pregnant. This version of events was sanitized from the second edition onwards, where Rapunzel simply blabs out that the prince visits her in a moment of thoughtlessness.

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* MissConception: In the first edition of the Grimm tales, the sorceress gets wind of the prince visiting Rapunzel when Rapunzel wonders why her dress is seemingly getting tighter and tighter around the middle. Obviously it does not occur to Rapunzel (probably because of her extremely sheltered life) that she could be pregnant. This version of events was sanitized from the second edition onwards, onward, where Rapunzel simply blabs out that the prince visits her in a moment of thoughtlessness.



* RealityIsUnrealistic: Experiments have determined that human hair actually ''is'' strong enough to support an adult human's weight (even 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.

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: Experiments have determined that human hair actually ''is'' strong enough to support an adult human's weight (even 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.it; this is seen in ''Tangled'' as well.



* TeenPregnancy: In the first edition of ''Grimm's Fairy Tales'', Rapunzel is actually pregnant. And gives births to two sons ([[UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn in some versions a boy and a girl instead]]).

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** In the ''Dark Parables'' adaptation, one of the MultipleEndings has [[spoiler:Rapunzel using her tears to save the life of her betrothed, Prince Ross, after he falls victim to her half-sister's death magic]].
* TeenPregnancy: In the first edition of ''Grimm's Fairy Tales'', Rapunzel is actually pregnant. And pregnant, and gives births birth to two sons ([[UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn in some versions a boy and a girl instead]]).



* WackyCravings: Rapunzel's mother's craving for a herb is what starts the entire plot.
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened to the Witch?]]: In many, if not all, versions of the story, the witch vanishes completely from the story after blinding the prince and sending Rapunzel elsewhere. Where did she go? What happened to her? She just seems to go away, scot-free. Unless one takes the view that the cut hair fell away from the tower before she could descend, [[DeathByIrony leaving her trapped in there to die alone.]]

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* WackyCravings: Rapunzel's mother's craving for a an herb is what starts the entire plot.
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened to the Witch?]]: In many, if not all, most versions of the story, the witch vanishes completely from the story after blinding the prince and sending Rapunzel elsewhere. Where did she go? What happened to her? She just seems to go away, scot-free. Unless one takes the view that the cut hair fell away from the tower before she could descend, [[DeathByIrony leaving her trapped in there to die alone.]]
1st Dec '15 7:45:34 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* InformedAbility: The witch never actually does any magic.
31st Oct '15 1:08:38 PM Silverblade2
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: If Rapunzel's parents had just ''asked'' the witch politely for some of her greens, instead of outright ''stealing'' them, the story probably wouldn't have happened. (Then again, the witch might have refused, or asked for the baby ''anyway'' as legitimate payment rather than restitution, so who knows?)
22nd Oct '15 10:32:40 AM Julia1984
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** In at least one version (and, again, ''Disney{{Tangled}}''), the mother is ill and the flower is a magic cure.

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** In [[Disney/{{Tangled}} at least one version (and, again, ''Disney{{Tangled}}''), version]], the mother is ill ill, and the flower is a magic cure.



* ImprobableHairstyle: Needless to say, human hair probably can't grow that long or be strong enough to climb up (not to mention a nightmare to maintain). Since she's living with a witch, AWizardDidIt could come into play -- suggesting that the witch enchanted the hair. In ''{{Disney/Tangled}}'' it's justified because the hair is a result of magic. Subverted in ''Barbie As Rapunzel'' where the hair is only floor-length - which is possible in real life, depending on the person's genes. And the maintenance is believable because she's only locked in the tower for one day.

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* ImprobableHairstyle: Needless to say, human hair probably can't grow that long or be strong enough to climb up (not to mention a nightmare to maintain).long, certainly not while remaining healthy, shiny and beautiful. Since she's living with a witch, AWizardDidIt could come into play -- suggesting that the witch enchanted the hair. In ''{{Disney/Tangled}}'' it's justified because the hair is a result of magic. Subverted in ''Barbie As Rapunzel'' where the hair is only floor-length - which is possible in real life, depending on the person's genes. And genes - and the maintenance is believable because she's only locked in the tower for one day.


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* RealityIsUnrealistic: Experiments have determined that human hair actually ''is'' strong enough to support an adult human's weight (even 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.
28th Aug '15 8:34:01 AM Nakuyabi
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* LettingHerHairDown: Something Gothel and the prince keep asking Rapunzel to do; [[FreudWasRight Freud had a field day with the metaphorical implications of this request]].
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