I am swooning over ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” Not only does it have great characterization, the traces of bread crumbs (not Hansel & Gretel types, but the kind “Lost” is famous for), thrilling intros of favorite storybook characters, and some pretty interesting cinematography. BUT ALSO… as a theology student, Larry and I as well as my girls here just can’t resist digging into the themes we’re seeing.
- Snow White having a cross around her neck? Are the writers alluding to the Christian faith somehow with her? Is it a moral symbol indicating the purity of her character?
- How the characters do not know who they are until they begin to understand their part in the story? Could this relate to how we only come to know who we truly are as we identify ourselves in a larger story?
- Quotes like, “Good will always win”?
- Quotes like, “Believing in the possibility of a happy ending is a very powerful thing”?
- Concepts like, the one who knows your name has power over you?
- Out of the mouths of babes… the truth of the story comes out of a young boy?
- Purity of love both breaks and seals curses?
- Every curse can be broken?