Wicked Women in Literature

Discusses the role of the wicked female in several common fairy tales, using stories from the Brothers Grimm and a Vietnamese folktale.

Analysis of the female villains in two Brothers’ Grimm fairy tales (Hansel and Gretel and Snow White) and a Vietnamese tale whose plot resembles Cinderella. Gives some reasoning behind the use of stepmothers and stepsisters as villains andd explains the dynamics of age and physical attractiveness in the murderous jealousy displayed by these wicked women.