Fashion, Incest, and Fur, in All-Kinds-of-Fur and Donkeyskin

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Fashion, Incest, and Fur, in All-Kinds-of-Fur and Donkeyskin Donkeyskin, by Charles Perrault, and All-Kinds-of-Fur by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, are both stories about a princess who runs away from her kingdom because of the king’s desire to marry her, despite the fact that the marriage would be incestuous. In Donkeyskin, the king is overtly powerful and wealthy, and much of his wealth is obtained by his Master Donkey, who excretes gold. In both tales it is necessary for the princess to find some means of discouraging her father’s sinful proposal, of which she asks for three magnificent and impossible dresses to be made and for the skin of an animal or multiple animals. The princess’ requests in both tales, however, are futile, because…show more content…
The princesses having, or not having, outside assistance in their journeys makes their character act and think differently. The princess in Donkeyskin, though being the optimal choice of a bride for the king for being wise and accomplished, is not as overtly clever and wise as the princess in All-Kinds-of-Fur. The princess, referred to as All-Kinds-of-Fur, is solely responsible for her choices and actions, coming only from her own savvy brain. “Horrified by her father’s incestuous demands, All-Fur seeks her own counsel.” (Marshall 409). Firstly she contrives the seemingly impossible tasks that she sets upon her father, including having him obtain one dress “golden as the sun, one as silvery as the moon, and one as bright as the stars” (Grimm, “All-Kinds-of-Fur”) and a “mantle of a thousand different kinds of fur and hair” (Grimm, “All-Kinds-of-Fur”). Secondly, All-Kinds-of-Fur makes, and acts upon, the decision to run away, disguised by her mantle of furs, before having to marry her father. Thirdly, All-Kinds-of-Fur cooks up the idea to place three of her golden trinkets, a ring, a spinning-wheel, and a reel, into the three cakes she is told to make for the king, and by this action she catches the attention of the king. The princess, referred to as Donkeyskin, however, is clearly the definition of a damsel in distress. Not only does Donkeyskin run for help to her

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