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Laughingwriter
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(8/3/07 1:57 pm)


Single Parents or Both?
Hi everyone! I'm trying to figure out if there are more faerie tales about single parents and their children, or both parents and their children.
To do so, I'm putting together a list of tales for each category.
Can anyone help me in this?
pretty please?

just post the faerie tales you know and whether they have one or two parents.

MaryCatelli
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(8/3/07 5:39 pm)


Re: Single Parents or Both?
Perhaps you may want to cut down your project to at least bite-sized pieces: the proportion in Grimm's, say; that in Asbjørnsen and Moe; that in Joseph Jacobs.

Otherwise, I am not sure that it's feasible. Trying to get a random sample of fairy tales from all over the world?

Rosemary Lake
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(8/3/07 8:05 pm)


list
I think you'd get more response if you post the lists you've got already, so we can just add items you're missing.

Also -- what about step-parents?

If you want a base broader than Grimms' approximately 200 tales, you might still limit it, and streamline the research, by using Lang's Fairy Books. There's an excellent Lang site with all the stories and a search mechanism.

www.mythfolklore.net/andr...dexbib.htm

This link brings up the tales sorted by source, for another possible limiting/comparison factor (other than the obvious Grimm or Perrault)

MaryCatelli
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(8/4/07 7:10 pm)


Re: list
Besides stepparents, there are also parents that vanish entirely. Puss In Boots starts with a father, who dies. Lord Peter and Dapplegrim both have both parents alive at the opening but dying very quickly. And in Bearskin the parents are mentioned only as dead, and in The Twelve Dancing Princesses the soldier's parents never get mentioned at all.

Laughingwriter
Registered User
(8/4/07 9:05 pm)


Re: list
ok, parents who die, or vanish, partway through would count as single parents. (unless they both die... then there would be no parents)

Yes, um I will update the list I have and post it here very soon. :rollin

thanx!

Wonderlicious
Registered User
(8/6/07 4:56 am)


Re: list
Hope that this helps (I'm using protaganists from a variation of fairy-tales and also some novels/plays in the genre of fantasy)...

Single parent:
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Little Mermaid
Aladdin
Mother Holle
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids
The Three Little Pigs
Beauty and the Beast
Dick Whittington
Donkeyskin
Thumbelina
Pinocchio

Both parents:
Tom Thumb
Little Red Riding Hood (sometimes a father is mentioned, or is LRRH's saviour)
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Hans My Hedgehog
Hop O' My Thumb
Sleeping Beauty
Peter Pan (the Darling family are a nuclear family)

Blood-parent and step-parent/family:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Cinderella (versions when the father is not dead)
Hansel and Gretel

Orphaned/left with carer (who may not be particularly caring):
Cinderella (versions when the father is dead)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (versions when the father is dead)
Puss in Boots
The Red Shoes
The Wizard of Oz

No mention of any parents:
Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass

Writerpatrick
Registered User
(8/6/07 5:47 pm)


Re: list
While Alice's parents aren't mentioned, it's assumed they are there. But Alice is a novel, not a traditional fairy tale.


Wonderlicious
Registered User
(8/7/07 3:38 am)


Re: list
To Writerpatrick:

"I'm using protaganists from a variation of fairy-tales and also some novels/plays in the genre of fantasy"

As I've included significant works of fairy-tale fantasy in the list, that explains why I've mentioned "Alice in Wonderland", as well as "Peter Pan" etc. :-p

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