Monday, July 6, 2009
No Luck With Men
July's fairy tale is about a girl who didn't have any real luck with the men in her life. I'm talking about the miller's daughter in Rumplestiltskin. First, her father practically sells her off to the first king who rides by with a false promise of magical accomplishments. Then, that said greedy king threatens her nightly to perform an impossible feat or "off with your head" never thinking about the fact that the miller didn't have piles of golden straw at his mill. The little man who magically appears to help her doesn't do it out of the goodness of his heart but is only looking for a way to weasel a child out of her. Sure, the girl does get to keep her head and marry a king, but is she really happy with the arrangement? Notice that she doesn't turn to her husband to help solve the mystery of Rumplstiltskin's name. What is she afraid of? I don't think she trusts any man at this point. I don't know that I would either.