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  1. May 2023
    1. Rapunzel became the most beautiful child under the sun. When she was twelve years old, the sorceress locked her in a tower that stood in a forest and that had neither a door nor a stairway, but only a tiny little window at the very top.

      1 -- Moral Lessons

      All retellings pf Rapunzel focuses on restricting children and keeping them from growing up exposed to the world. Literally, Rapunzel is always locked away in a tower at Gothel's wishes. Ultimately, they all end with Gothel banishing or losing Rapunzel to those she's found from the "outside world." Though it's true that Gothel kidnapped Rapunzel as a baby, it also makes her akin to a surrogate mother. As a surrogate mother, she lost Rapunzel when Rapunzel finds that theres more to life and love than her tower and her fake mother.

    2. Two of her tears fell into his eyes, and they became clear once again, and he could see as well as before.

      1 -- Occurrence of magic/magical beings

      In the versions where Rapunzel has powers, it is usually shown through her tears at the end to heal her love interest. It is is only in the Disney retelling that she has magic in her hair from the start.

    3. Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair to me.

      1 -- Narrative Patterns

      Almost every retelling of Rapunzel has these lines, except for the Disney story book, but the pictures still show that Gothel used her hair to climb to the top.

    4. sorceress

      1 -- occurance of magical beings/magic existing in the world

      This is also shown in almost all other renditions of Rapunzel, even though Gothel can sometimes be called an enchantress, a witch or a fairy. The modern Disney rendition is the only one that states Gothel is just a normal evil woman.