Structure and Growth

November 12, 2011

Myth absolutely needs repetition in order to establish a structure.  It is often by repeating earlier mistakes that new insight is gained and a lesson is offered to the reader.  By asking the miller’s daughter to give up her first-born child, Rumplestiltskin is putting her in a position similar to the one her father was in when he offered her to the King.  At first, her response is to agree in order to save her own life.  This is not exactly the same as her father attempting to look important to the King, but does call back to it.  It is no surprise that she is put into this situation.  Now standing in her father’s shoes, she must decided whether she will do the same thing, or rise above.  At first she does make the wrong choice, sacrificing her potential child as she swears to Rumplestiltskin.  However, she does redeem herself by going to great lengths to save the child from it’s fate.  By using repetition, the reader gets a sense of growth and development, even if it occurs over two generations.  By seein gone individual react to a dilemma in a new way, the audience is presented with the core ideal of the myth because the differences are enhanced by the similarities.

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