Another interesting post last week was on Tales of Faerie where Kristin discussed Cinderella and Max Luthi. Max Luthi is known for his fairy tale writings, especially Once Upon a Time: On the Nature of Fairy Tales and The European Folktale: Form and Nature (Folklore Studies in Translation).
Here's an excerpt from her post:
Cinderella is rejected by the people around her and helped by animals and/or (depending on the version) the spirit of her dead mother. Luthi writes, "Human society, even the family, appears as an enemy, nature as a friend. The child who hears this story feels: 'No matter how much I may be slighted by others, I can strust in stronger and kinder forces."
Luthi's words are very inspiring-he talks about the hardships people are inevitably to face, yet the possibility of hope coming from a variety of sources-our own qualities as well as outside help. "Man is cast into suffering and want, evidently destined to endure privation, misunderstanding, and malice, and yet summoned to a regal existence."
To read the rest, visit Kristin's blog.