The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. The number three is used several times in some of the fairy tales. Give a brief list of which stories that use the number three, what is represented in threes, and what the number three might represent.

The stories that use the number three in the beginning of the book are: - Cat and Mouse in Partnership, where the cat sneaks away three times to eat the fat; - Our Lady's Child, where the Virgin Mary asks the maiden three times whether she lied in the beginning and then takes away her three children later on; - Story of a Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was, where the boy spends three nights in a haunted house; - Faithful John, where John understands three ravens, he must save the king from three events, and he must suck three drops of blood from the queen and spit them out; and - The Strange Musician, where three animals are tricked. The use of threes could represent the Trinity in Christianity or the idea that three is thought to be a lucky number.

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