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“Again, the multivalence of the symbolism is important in that the stepmother must become a witch and agent of death so the final work of transformation can be made possible. The message seems to be that in life it is fated that at a certain moment in the growth of a girl, the mother will necessarily play the role of a witch (as possibly the father must play the role of a giant in the life of a boy).”
–N. J. Girardot, “Initiation and Meaning in the Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

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