Cinderella, Max Luthi at Tales of Faerie

Once Upon a Time: On the Nature of Fairy Tales The European Folktale: Form and Nature (Folklore Studies in Translation) The Fairytale as Art Form and Portrait of Man (Folklore Studies in Translation)

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.


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