The Wicked Step-Mother

Can’t remember if I’ve said here before, but I’ve long thought that the “point” of the wicked step-mothers in so many stories was to be a warning all around:

  • To husbands: that they might think about how it affects their child(ren) when they remarry
  • To the women: that they would grow an antipathy for the injustice they hear in the stories
  • To the young girls: so they would understand that things could always be worse than with the mother they were born to.

3 thoughts on “The Wicked Step-Mother

  1. I think I was one of the young girls who needed to understand that. My parents were strict. This made me laugh though, cuz I thought of all the young girls who need to know it.

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