Tag: Snow White

  • Symbolism of Birds

    Symbolism of Birds

    Birds are much older than we are — living dinosaurs. Across cultures, birds function as smart collaborators with humans. We now know how smart (some) birds really are, but we have long had a sense of their canniness. The smartest bird in the world is currently thought to be the New Zealand Kea, which isn’t so great if you live in New Zealand and the kea is chewing the bits of rubber off your car.

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  • The Stone Scale of Evil in Storytelling

    The Stone Scale of Evil in Storytelling

    The Stone Scale of Evil was created by Dr Michael Stone, an American psychiatrist and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry. It was built to be useful when diagnosing murderers, but we can use it to think about fictional characters. We are not obliged to spend a decade earning a doctorate before diagnosing fictional criminals, which is nice. Do you agree with…

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  • Zog by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

    Zog by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

    Zog (2010) is a picture book by best-selling British team Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Zog is regularly held up as a great feminist story for young readers. Zog interests me as an excellent example of a children’s story which looks feminist at first glance.

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  • Creating A Fairytale World

    To a modern audience, what makes a setting feel ‘fairytale’? What is it about the tone, style and plot? I argue here that what makes a fairytale setting feel ‘fairytale’ is mostly the ‘fairytale logic’. Just as we know, almost intuitively, that a particular narrative is a fairy tale when we read it, it seems we know immediately that a…

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  • Wheel On The Chimney by Wise Brown and Gergely 1954

    Wheel On The Chimney by Wise Brown and Gergely 1954

    Wheel On The Chimney is a calm, bird-focused storified description of an old custom observed throughout various parts of Southern Europe.

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  • Symbolism of Coats and Cloaks

    Symbolism of Coats and Cloaks

    The cloak is the garment of Kings, and the King is a symbolic archetype. Fathers and Kings are basically the same archetype in traditional stories. (Fathers are the kings of the home.)

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  • Old Mother Frost Fairy Tale Analysis

    Old Mother Frost Fairy Tale Analysis

    Old Mother Frost” is a German fairy tale also known as “Mother Holle”, “Mother Hulda” and “Frau Holle”.

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  • Charlotte’s Web Novel Study Analysis

    Charlotte’s Web Novel Study Analysis

    At almost 32,000 words, Charlotte’s Web (1952, 1963) is a middle grade novel rather than a chapter book. This is a story with many  hidden depths, which appeals to middle grade kids as well as their adult co-readers. Below I’ll be getting into how this story appeals to both children and adults, the themes of death, the narration, characterisation and…

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  • Cannibalism in Storytelling

    Cannibalism in Storytelling

    If you wanted to create a scary monster, the scariest ever, how would you go about it?

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  • The Influence of Lotte Reiniger

    The Influence of Lotte Reiniger

    Lotte Reiniger (1899 – 1981) was a German animator who should be more widely remembered for her influence on art and animation. Reiniger was a pioneer of silhouette animation. She made over sixty films. Eleven are considered lost and fifty have survived.

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  • Symbolism of Shoes, Feet and Footprints

    Symbolism of Shoes, Feet and Footprints

    Shoes and footwear contain plenty of symbolic meaning. Horse shoes are different again, but I’ll include horse shoes here for comparison. Early Nancy Drew stories were high concept hooks which generally paired two disparate things which are nonetheless related in some obscure way. In The Clue of the Tapping Heels, those two things are tap dancing and morse code. Tap…

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  • Unmentionable by Paul Jennings

    Unmentionable by Paul Jennings

    Unmentionable (1991) is a collection of 9 hi-lo short stories by iconic Australian author Paul Jennings. STORY STRUCTURE OF “ICE MAIDEN” In “Ice Maiden”, a boy falls in love with an ice statue, but he gets over his love for the ice once he meets a real girl. I have some sympathy for the phenomenon whereby adolescents lust after (hopefully)…

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  • A Glossary of Witch Words

    A Glossary of Witch Words

    The definition of witch changes over time. The word witch dates from around 800 AD. It originally referred to men who practise witchcraft but 200 years later referred to female magicians and sorceresses. Later it meant women who were meant to cooperate with the devil or other evil spirits.

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  • Stephen King’s IT Storytelling Techniques

    Stephen King’s IT Storytelling Techniques

    IT is a 1986 horror novel by Stephen King, first adapted for screen in 1990, and most recently in 2017. This blog post is about the storytelling of the 2017 film. THE TERRIBLE MONSTER OF IT I liked what one reviewer had to say about IT: The monster in this film is whatever the story requires him to be for…

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  • Baba Yaga: Witch or old woman?

    Baba Yaga: Witch or old woman?

    Baba Yaga is a legendary Slavic witch, or a hag, who lives in a hut that stands on chicken legs and who flies through the air in a mortar.

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