Why an Apple?

15th February, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Why an Apple?

We may wonder why the stepmother chose to poison an apple rather than a pear or something. Apples have a special symbolism, perhaps because the word has been used as a generic term for any fruit (for example, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, oranges, and others have all been specifically called a kind of apple at different times and in different languages). Thus, the word apple is a fairly neutral word. The fruit itself has also become somewhat of a generic fruit, being plentifully found in many parts of the word (after centuries of cultivation, of course—apples originated only in Asia). It is interesting to note that the Latin words for apple and evil are extremely similar. It is also interesting that apples may have had links to medieval Germanic paganism and that one 11th century text connects apples with the dead. Ironically, all apples have some poison in their seeds. Nevertheless, such poison is so mild that in such quantities it is practically harmless to humans.


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