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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Written by on October 23, 2012 in On Symbolism with 9 Comments

The fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast comes from a novel written by a French writer Madame Gabrielle–Suzanne de Villeneuve in 1740.  Similar stories can be found in literature as early as the 2nd century A.D. in Lucius Apuleius’ book the Golden Ass where Cupid, cursed to appear as a serpent-man, falls in love […]

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Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Written by on August 22, 2012 in On Symbolism with 2 Comments

One of the most popular and enduring fairy tales is the story of Hansel and Gretel. It is dark tale but full of interesting symbolism. There are many versions in many cultures but the version I used was the Brothers Grimm retelling, published in the early to mid 19th century popularizing the tale. The story […]

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Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Written by on July 6, 2012 in On Symbolism with 0 Comments

There are many versions of the story of Little Red Riding Hood but in many of the stories there are some common symbols. There is always an innocent and sweet little girl that wears a cloak or cap. (Not always red.) There is a forest and a grandmother to whom the child must take food, […]

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Mythology, Fairy Tales and Folklore

Mythology, Fairy Tales and Folklore

Written by on July 5, 2012 in On Symbolism with 0 Comments

Mythologies, fairy tales and folklore are stories that have an enduring power that ordinary stories lack. Hidden within these stories are universal themes and archetypal patterns.We all have favorite fairy tales and each one that we loved tells us something important about ourselves. They tell the stories of our lives, our sufferings, our misunderstandings and […]

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