Last week, the Internet exploded with the scandal of Josh Duggar (and thousands of others) using the affair-seeking site Ashley Madison.
Also last week, I listened to the soundtrack of Into the Woods for the first time. (And then about twelve more times between the Broadway and movie versions, because I go in loops like that. Don’t judge my listening habits.) So a fairy-tale sendup musical, strangely, became a frame for thinking about adultery, Christians falling from grace, and how our culture decides what’s right and what’s wrong.
Like most fairy tales (ask basically any Inkling ever—I’ve read essays/chapters by Tolkien, Lewis, and Chesterton on this), Into the Woods makes some clear statements about morality, ones that I found super interesting given the media attention to the Duggar scandal.
One clear villain among all the gray characters of the show is the Wolf. When Red reminds him that her mother informed her to follow the path and never stray, he smoothly affirms the advice…sort of. “Just so, little girl, any path. So many worth exploring! Just one would be so boring!”
Of course, we all know that didn’t end well. (more…)