On Thursday, October 9th, the day after we went to the Dallas Children’s Theater to watch the play “Rapunzel! Rapunzel!”, I invited my students to share their thoughts. One of them compared the knight to Lord Rama. It then occurred to us that we could make a correlation between other characters and aspects of the story as well. If the knight is Rama, then Rapunzel would be His beautiful consort Sita. His companion throughout the rescue expedition would be Lord Rama’s loyal brother, Lakshmana and the guarding dragon would be Hanuman. The envy, greed and pride of Lady Zaza, her desire for fame and fortune while stealing the wealth of others and kidnapping the princess, reminded us of Ravana and his demoniac followers. All ended well when she got her karma and the proper order was restored to the kingdom!
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