Numerology, reading between the lines
Communication is what enables two people to share information and ideas. Within a society, each culture may assign different meanings to different words and symbols. Often a simple symbol, such as $, may have different underlying meanings to different cultures. Each culture arbitrarily assigns a sound, definition, and appearance to the given symbol. As mentioned, this process is entirely arbitrary, and a given definition may not be the only way to represent or interpret a given idea or item. Numerology, the study of numbers, delves into the deeper meanings of numbers and their hidden significance (Crystal). In the two tales, âRepunzelâ and âLittle Snow-Whiteâ, the author places emphasis on numbers and repetition of words or phrases to convey a deeper message or symbol. Specifically, both tales contain phrases or events occurring in pairs of two and groups of three.
One of the main differences between the two tales can be found in examining who is practicing and demonstrating evil. In the tale âRapunzelâ, we find the actual Witch as the character casting evil upon another. However; in the tale âLittle Snow-Whiteâ, there is not a Witch, but rather a Queen. The Queen is described as being dark and wicked. This difference between the two tales leads one to believe that witchcraft and magic are not confined to the stereotypes of black gowns and pointed hats. Thus, numerology can be applied to both tales in seeking for deeper meanings.
The number two represents duality; the human ability to stand is based on balance and thus possessing two legs. The lack of one leg creates a desire for another. Human existence is
based on duality in that reproduction requires people of opposite sex. In a pair, when one person, item, or animal lacks another, the feeling of âdesireâ is created (Longroad). In the tale, âRapunzelâ, the Witch confines young Rapunzel to th...