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30 September 2003 @ 07:49 am
Query about tailors  
I'm reading Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (the Barnes & Noble edition & perhaps more on that & it later) and I've noticed that many of the tales seem to have a tailor as the main character. I am wondering why this is. Are they symbols of a poor but honest worker, or of a meek person, or of somebody not quite to be trusted or what? Anybody know?
 
 
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songs in the key of mechorus on September 30th, 2003 09:33 am (UTC)
Well, I can't speak to the genuine intent of the storytellers nor the definitive thought of the times, but I've always taken the tailor role to be fairly close to an honest, working Everyman character. Just based on my own interpretation of stories featuring them.
Skylarkerskylarker on October 8th, 2003 10:34 am (UTC)
They are an 'average guy' character type, and, at the same time, clothing is one of those things that distinguishes humans from other living things, and something that points back to the story of The Fall, when Adam and Eve learned shame and took up fig leaves to hide themselves. In that sense Tailors are avatars of human civilization.