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  • The Snow Child
    • This story is at the centre of the book - it is the heart of the stories
      • Perhaps this means it is the most serious of them all, with the most meaning
    • Idealisation of women
      • "I wish I had a girl as white as snow...as red as blood...as black as that bird's feather"
        • Interestingly, the Countess who is right beside him is wearing all of these colours on her - the man is fickle and doesn't realise what he has - this links to feminism
      • The girl may be beautiful, but she has no core strength or personality - thus, she dies easily when pricking her finger as she is just an illusion
        • "the girl picks a rose; pricks her finger on the thorn; bleeds; screams; falls”
          • "As soon as he had completed her description, there she stood, beside the road, white skin, red mouth, black hair and stark naked"
            • Sexuality
              • “the Count got off his horse, unfastened his breeches and thrust his virile member into the dead girl”
                • Shocking - showing how fickle men are. Shows how sex is so important to them and how he can betray the countess so easily
                  • Sexuality
                    • “the Count got off his horse, unfastened his breeches and thrust his virile member into the dead girl”
                      • Shocking - showing how fickle men are. Shows how sex is so important to them and how he can betray the countess so easily
                        • Feminism
                          • Interestingly, the Countess who is right beside him is wearing all of these colours on her - the man is fickle and doesn't realise what he has - this links to feminism
                          • Though the Countess' actions are deceitful, they are understandable - she is being mistreated by men
                            • She should be given credit for the intellect she has in trying to rid of the girl
                              • Feminism
                                • Though the Countess' actions are deceitful, they are understandable - she is being mistreated by men
                                  • She should be given credit for the intellect she has in trying to rid of the girl
                                    • "how shall I be rid of her?" - first person break
                              • "how shall I be rid of her?" - first person break
      • "she was the child of his desire and the Countess hated her"
        • Idealisation causes jealousy and fractures in relationships

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