The Interpretation of Fairy Tales - Chapter 7, pages 163 through 197 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 7, pages 163 through 197 Summary and Analysis

This half of the chapter discusses "the female shadow." While heroines are much less common in fairy tales than heroes, there are a handful that are helpful in acquiring knowledge about the female psyche.

In a tale called "Shaggy Top," a king and queen unable to have children adopt a daughter. One day, while playing with her golden ball, the daughter attracts a beggar-girl and her mother. The beggar mother insists she knows how to make the king and queen fertile in order to have a child. The queen bathes in two different baths and then throws the bathwater under the bed. In the morning, a pretty flower as well as an ugly flower will grow in the water. The queen is to eat the pretty flower only. However, the queen finds the pretty flower so delicious...

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