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"I had a brother?" 
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When the Witch reveals to the Baker that his parents left a baby with her, he exclaims "I had a brother?" and probably didn't even consider that the baby could be a girl. I'm curious if this means something or if it's just a meaningless throwaway line.

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Post Re: "I had a brother?"
Well, the Witch's next line is, "No! But, you have a sister!" which plays perfectly into his chauvinism at the beginning.. Which is why he didn't think his wife was capable of helping him in the woods. It's a typical fairy tale mentality.... the women are helpless and wait for the men to rescue or help them. But it also helps coax us into the twisted fairy tale world that we're experiencing in Act II... things are already getting turned upside down when he changes his mind about not needing his wife's help ("It Takes Two").

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bittenbythetheatrebug wrote:
But it also helps coax us into the twisted fairy tale world that we're experiencing in Act II... things are already getting turned upside down when he changes his mind about not needing his wife's help ("It Takes Two").


I'm a little confused: are you saying that It Takes Two is a precusor of sorts to the Act II events? If so, I think that's fascinating!

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In a way. I just feel that the Baker and the Baker's Wife are the obvious reason there is no "happily ever after". They play into fairy tale stereotypes for a while (well, at least he does). I just feel that if he had stayed the same chauvinistic male that he was at the beginning, there wouldn't be much room for deviation from the typical fairy tale formula. If that makes any sense at all, haha.

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