Here’s what I love most about The Robber Bridegroom: you can’t spit at it without hitting a fairy tale trope.
Check out a quick translation at Sur La Lune Fairy Tales (always a fun source of inspiration and information!).
Ok, I lied. (I do that sometimes.) My real favorite thing about this story is the cannibalism. As in a band of robbers kidnapping a girl, stripping her down, cutting her into lots of pieces, boiling her, and then eating her. YUM. Doesn’t that make you want to read it, too?
It’s also a Persephone story: the major psychological aspect is the maiden’s (not the one who just got eaten) descent into the Underworld/unconscious/deep, dark forest. Where she learns the truth about herself and marriage (i.e. marriage destroys women, in that their identity and entire selves are consumed by their husbands).
I’d really like to spend today discussing the fairy tale tropes in greater detail with you faithful watchers. SO, if you comment to this post, mentioning one of the tropes or with a good discussion question, we’ll put your name into a hat and you might get to pick a prompt for us to write about this month. That right – you’ll get to tell the Merry Sisters what story you want us to butcher/rewrite. We’ve done Snow White and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; the next is up to one of you!
So tell me! What is your favorite part of The Robber Bridegroom? Least favorite? Which trope stands out most to you?