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Personal Modern Appropriation Of Rapunzel Essay

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The Tower's WindowOnce upon a time, in a kingdom where the land was filled with skyscrapers and apartments, badly maintained roads choked with traffic, there lived a couple, a teenager and his girlfriend. They were just out of high school and had barely enough money to survive, so when they discovered they were about to be parents, they knew that they'd have to put the child up for adoption, no matter how much they wanted to keep it.When the child was finally born, she was named Sara. Sara was graced with ten fingers and ten toes, sparkling eyes, distinguished nose and fully functioning brain, everything anyone could ask for, except maybe hair or teeth which would obviously come later. The ...view middle of the document...

She would give Sara all sorts of reminders and warnings 'be careful', 'don't talk to strangers', 'remember to look six, not five but six times before you cross the road' and so on. The woman would constantly call the school to check up on beloved Sara, leave notes in her lunchbox and sometimes follow her to school. Eventually, protectiveness crossed the line into possessiveness and Helen decided that home school was the next logical step in a long line of illogical ones. Next on her list was the outlawing of friendships. Isolated from the rest of the world Sara began to despair at her 'mother's' increasingly strange behaviour. Sara eventually accepted this dramatic turn of events, being so young her mind was easily malleable.Helen began to lose interest in Sara as she lost that cute infantile look small children possess. Helen's disposition towards Sara became cooler and she spent progressively less and less time with Sara and more time brooding on her own thoughts. This change in attitude didn't go unnoticed by Sara and by her twelfth birthday she had grown into quite a nice girl, not as radiant as the dawning sun but just a normal girl. Sara celebrated another year of life by putting a single candle in a small cake she had made. Closing her eyes, she blew as hard as she could, wishing that her mother would remember her and everything would be as it used to be. But upon opening her eyes, the little candle still burned, flickering in front of her, casting dancing shadows upon the walls. It was at about this time that Helen decided that Sara had grown too old for her liking and felt that she needed to cast her out, like a person would an unloved pet. Sara discovered too late that her 'loving mother' was completely deranged and had been living a disturbed fantasy for the last 12 years. Despite this Sara begged her mother to let her stay, not to abandon her to the world. Dragging Sara outside, she turned her back and staggered into her house. Sitting down in the lounge, Helen struck a match, and weeping for the loss of her family, years past, she dropped it into a spreading pool of liquid under her feet. Thinking of her family, memories flowing through her mind as the flames hungrily engulfed her, her last memory was of her younger self, playing with Sara, when the world was a better place.Sara was out on the streets, not a single cent to call her own so she walked to take her mind off of the horrendous events of the day. Occupying her mind with walking so she wouldn't have to think, answer the...

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