[LMB] Betan control of pregnancy, moving OT:

Jim Parish jparish at siue.edu
Tue Nov 10 01:39:03 GMT 2015

Sylvia McIvers wrote:
> Many women don't want to raise someone else's child - hence the wicked 
> step-mother trope. Sadly, 'the boyfriend beat up/killed the kid' is a 
> truism, but did not become a literary trope. How did that happen?

You do get the "evil uncle (who killed the kid)" trope; Shakespeare used 
it in more than one of his historicals ("Richard III", "King John"), and 
"Hamlet" has the evil uncle-cum-stepdad trying to kill the "kid". But I 
agree, even that is not very common.

Jim Parish

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