Fairytales are magic, an escape from everything normal and boring. However as I got older I really started thinking about the hidden messages within which I’m sure some of you may have done as well. So lets take a closer look shall we.
The Pied Piper of Hamlin: A rat-catcher who rid a town of its rat infestation and when the town wouldn’t pay up he stole all its children. Firstly, I wanna know how this place got to having a rat problem and secondly if someone provides you a service you really should pay. If I was the Pied Piper I would have insisted on a 50% deposit.
I did some research on this story and apparently there could be some truth to it. In the 1200’s a large number of children went missing in the town of Hamelin. Some historians believe it was a plague that killed the children and that the Pied Piper symbolises death. Others believe that the children left willingly to be part of a military or Christian campaign or to become founders of their own village during the colonisation of Eastern Europe.
But according to writer William Manchester’s A World Lit Only By Fire he believed that the Pied Piper was a psychopathic pedophile.
No matter what the real reason this story is just plain creepy.
Next week: Do they really live happily ever after, after finding their prince?