More Than Just a Crown: Rapunzel and Freedom

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The story of Rapunzel is one of freedom and consequences. First published in 1812 by the Brothers Grimm, it’s based on a French literary fairy tale from 1698.

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.”

This most famous line of the tale is evocative of the themes running through the story. Rapunzel’s parents made a deal with the neighboring witch. But when the baby was born, they tried to defraud the witch. As a result, Rapunzel was stolen from her parents and hidden in the tower.

Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

– Romans 8:21

This verse reminds us that one day, all of creation will be set free from the bondage of corruption. This promise of ultimate freedom is a powerful reminder that no matter how trapped we may feel in our circumstances, there is always hope for a better future.

Throughout the tale, Rapunzel dreams of seeing the world beyond her tower and experiencing all its wonders. Her desire for freedom is not just physical but also spiritual. It is only when she meets the prince and begins to see a life outside her tower that she truly begins to understand what freedom means.

Rapunzel’s journey from captivity to freedom is a testament to the human spirit’s resilience and determination. Her story reminds us that even in the darkest of times, there is always a glimmer of hope. It is a reminder that we should never give up on our dreams of freedom and that, one day, we too may be set free from our own towers of corruption.