Placing the Shoe on the Other Foot: Fairytale Characters in Into the Woods
Parman, Daniel Eugene
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In today’s world the way society views good and evil can be very black and white. Those who do bad, are considered evil, while those who do good, are good. In Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, classic Brothers’ Grimm fairytales are given a new twist. Using music, lyrics, historical influences of the time, and understanding how the characters are to be viewed in an everyday setting I will analyze the character of the Witch, the Baker’s Wife in two songs, “Not alone”, and “Your Fault” to discover just how black and white good and evil are.