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The Pursuit of Happyness

I never thought of witches and fairy godmothers as the same until I read about Lilith. Terry Prachett’s portrayal of the legendary fairy godmother as the villain, very similar to the role of the White Witch in the Chronicles of Narnia, completely recreates the traditional view of fairy tale happy endings. In many ways, Lilith […]

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False Magnificence

Terry Pratchett’s Witches Abroad restructures fairy tales with the purpose of critiquing them.  Pratchett uses familiar characters, settings, and scenarios in unfamiliar and unexpected ways in order to bring to light the more forgotten sssand naturally accepted portions of these bedtime stories.  In particular, she focuses on the magic of godmothers and their questionably good […]

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More Secondary Worlds…

Pratchett’s character of Lilith has qualities that are not usually suited to fit a fairy godmother. She is very stubborn and it must be her way or the high way. Similar to Pratchett’s Lilith is C.S. Lewis’ White Queen. They both manipulate other character’s in order to maintain their order. For instance, the White Queen […]

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And They Lived Contentedly Ever After

The Hedgehog Song                   When reading Terry Pratchett’s Witches Abroad the good and evil characters were flipped on their heads and then spun around in circles until they have no idea what role they were supposed to fill. One of the major points Pratchett is trying to point out is the fact that you shouldn’t try […]

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Terry Pratchett’s “Witches Abroad” plays with the morals and plot line of many common fairy-tales, redirecting the reader to think about potentially different outcomes of these stories that have been so engrained into our minds.  Pratchett’s light tone and spoofing plot keeps the reader interested and upbeat.  Throughout the text, Pratchett plays with many different […]

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Is that Prince Charming?

Cinderella is arguably the greatest of all the fairy tales.  Cinderella is the princess all little girls want to be, and Prince Charming is the man every girl and woman wants.  Because it is the most loved fairy tale story, Terry Prachett chooses it to poke fun at.  He takes what the world knows about […]

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Not Glinda the Good Witch, it’s Lilith the Bad Witch

In Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett the character of Lilith is the evil witch and villainess in the story. She has a lot of qualities about her that set her far apart from witches we have read about in the past, such as the White Witch in C.S. Lewis’, The Chronicles of Narnia. First off, […]

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Hey! Wait a Minute….

Just 176 pages into Terry Pratchett’s satirical novel you have already had déjà vu with a few of the situations that have arisen in the story. A pumpkin and Prince Charming? A little girl in a red cape, a sleeping castle and a house that almost crushes a witch? It all sounds a little familiar […]

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witches abroad

The Witches Abroad have a lot in common with other fairy tales and secondary world we have read about and discussed.  They save grandmothers, similar to the story of Little Red Riding Hood. They fight off Gollum-like creatures with paddles.  They wake up sleeping palaces. They also have an adversary that goes by Lilith.  And […]

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At the very beginning of the novel, Terry Pratchett asserts that Witches Abroad is “a story about stories” and “also, particularly, about reflections and mirrors” (5).  Stories and mirrors play a unique role in his novel, because when put together they serve as a “mettyfor” for power and its effects (112).  This can be seen […]

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