Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Transformations-Question #24

Question #24

"The Maiden Without Hands" ends with three metaphors for the silver hands: " a kind of purple heart / a talisman / a yellow star."   What is the significance of these metaphors? ( think world war II)

The metaphors are significant because the way the king uses them. The metaphors represent an award or token for being hurt and surviving. In war if you are wounded or killed you are given the purple heart. When the king married his handless wife, he gave her silver hands that he had made for her. When he came home from war and saw her hands had grown back, he kept those silver hands as like a token to remember what has happen and what his wife has overcome. The silver hands represent bravery and honor, so he polishes them everyday.