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Wicked stepmother (Literature)

"The wicked stepmother trying to bump off her rich husband's spawn. That's a Disney movie, isn't it?"

No, Veronica, it's not, but it could be. The wicked stepmother has been a staple of myth and fairy tales for as long as stories have been told. Disney's stock in trade has always been to mine such stories for their animated features, which have included such classic nasty-second-wife tales as Cinderella and Snow White. The perfection of the natural, usually deceased, mother is counterbalanced by the evil of the interloper, whom children can loathe without causing themselves the Freudian guilt of hating their mother. Of course, it's a real drag for stepmothers the world over as families become increasingly likely to be re-formed just like the Casablancases. Euripides said: "Better a serpent than a stepmother!" Don't be surprised to find Stepmothers on a Plane at a theater near you soon.

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