Walter Joseph Phillips
Walter Joseph Phillips
" I am the beast
I am the light
I am the blighted being cursed with sight
I am the god
Who created a world
I am Leviathan the Girl.”
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983). Dir. Terry Jones.
Well, I’ll be damned, would you look at that?
I plan to eventually use each face as a reaction image
STOP shipping real people, or at least poke holes in the box
what to wear when…trapped in a fairy tale tower.
examples: the maiden trapped in the tower by the enchantress to punish her mother’s theft from rapunzel, the sisters trapped in the tower by their father to preserve their virginity from les aventures de la princesse finette discret (the adventures of the discreet princess finette), the princess trapped in the tower with three magical horses by the old magician out of jealousy from juan at clotilde (juan and clotilde),the maiden in the tower is a popular and enduring fairy tale motif. best known are the examples of rapunzel, petrosinella, and persinette…witches, fairies, and ogres commonly inflict this fate upon innocent and naïve maidens. imprisonment is almost always against the tower’s inhabitant’s will. this reflects the context in which these tales are told. the bevy of societal restrictions that are placed upon women is a figurative form of entrapment in a tower..reasons for imprisonment by others vary: in many fairy tales, maidens are imprisoned in towers in an attempt to stifle their developing sexuality and maintain their chastity; sometimes, it is a punishment inflicted for their own offenses or for the offenses of their father or mother [e.g. sugar cane]; pregnant women are frequently locked in towers and tortured by evil fairies [e.g. la grenouille bienfaisante (the beneficent frog)]; those who lock maidens in towers are not always antagonists but are in fact protecting them from the outside world [e.g. ঘুমের কুমারী (the petrified maiden, a sleeping beauty variant)]…the tower is a phallic symbol, representing the trapped maiden’s ripening sexuality, as well as the romantic interactions that occur when the hero enters said tower…maidens in towers are frequently guarded by ferocious dragons…hair is a significant presence in many fairy tales of tower-bound maidens [e.g. όμορφη ανθούσα με τα χρυσά μαλλιά (anthousa the fair with golden hair)]…a motif that is found frequently in the fairy tales of southeastern africa is that of the tower built to allow contact with heaven, resembling the story of the tower of babel…bluebeard’s heroine watches from the tower for her brothers…a rare example of a tower-bound male character is in the english fairy tale of the little lame prince and his traveling cloak.
post 813 of an infinity-part series
420 is so close I can almost taste all the bad jokes I’ll have to weed through