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Rumpelstiltskin Analysis

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Psychoanalysis of Rumpelstiltskin In Rumpelstiltskin there are 2 main themes. These are power and greed. Rumpelstiltskin starts with a conversation between a poor miller and a king. The miller wants to make an impression on the king, and appear more powerful in the king's eyes. He boasts to the king in order to attract attention that he has "a daughter who can spin straw into gold." The king, who understands the link between wealth and power, invites the daughter to the castle to put this skill to the test. This shows us that the miller wants to impress the king, as the king is more powerful and the best way to do this is to show a power the king does not possess. The first two nights, the king establishes his power over the girl by threatening to kill her if she fails to spin all the straw into gold. ...read more.


When she has nothing more of value to give him, he makes her promise to give him her first born child. There is also symbolism in this fairytale. The classic rags-to-riches storyline of turning straw into gold. The miller is poor, so he claims that his daughter can spin straw into gold. This represents his desire to get-rich-quick without earning his money. We could also see this as another theme of greed, he is not prepared to work for money but he is prepared to use his daughter to get some. It also foreshadows the overnight transformation of the girl from the poor miller's daughter to the queen. A more subtle symbolism is the use of the number three. The number three is used throughout the fairytale I.e. "(The little man) sat down before the spinning wheel, and whir, whir, whir, three times pulled, and the spool was full." ...read more.


He is killed when he takes his foot and rips himself in two. I think this demonstrates how he/evil cannot exist once it has been named. Finally I found this interesting but it is perhaps not symbolism. "The queen took fright and offered the little man all the wealth of the kingdom if he would let her keep the child, but the little man said, "No. Something living is dearer to me than all the treasure of the world." I thought it was interesting that the miller cared more about power than his daughter as he offers her to the king; the king cared more about acquiring gold than the life of the girl; but the little evil man valued something living above material wealth. Is this a lesson to teach children? That you can't judge a book by its cover? In conclusion I think Rumpelstiltskin has many different interpretations and I could use the text for a lot of different type of literary criticism. ?? ?? ?? ?? Maddy Rose ...read more.

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