Monday, February 8, 2010

The brother as bird: animal or human? Somewhere in between? (Click link to see full prompt)

The transformation of the brother into a bird and back into a boy is important to the story of The Juniper Tree, but leaves a lot of questions. Where does he fall on a scale between totally human and totally animal? What about his song? And how can he come back from the dead? How does this transformation compare to others we've read about?

The cursed castle

The deep dark forest

The distant mountains

The secret treasure cave

The Wall of Briars