This week we tackle the Brave little tailor
The tale clearly highlights a staple of medieval society, that of the contest, and usually the contest takes place as something physical. Ascending the ladder of society can only be done through these challenges. Successful challenges demonstrate that the tailor is superior to the one issuing the challenge, and therefore worthy of being more than a simple tailor. Each challenge allows the tailor to move out of his current circumstances and up to where he can achieve entrance to a higher level of society.
Giants Are People too
Like with Rumpelstiltskin, this story demonstrates a world populated by fantastic creatures such as giants and unicorns. More importantly, the giants are scene as not evil, but simply a different kind of people with whom humanity must deal. The tailor repeatedly calls the first giant a comrade, and though the giants as a group are treacherous, that is no different from what ordinary people might do. The tailor, the king, and the hundred men also show no surprise at the presence of giants. In this world, giants are not a rarity, and may even be quite common given how often the tailor encounters them.
Confidence is Key
The tailor is an ordinary tailor until he kills the flies, giving him the boldness to publicly declare his deed to all the world. This boldness carries him through each of his various encounters, allowing him the courage to confront the world despite not having the strength and skill to realistically pull this off. In essence, the tailor has become a kind of confidence man, but the first person who falls for his honeyed words is himself. After convincing himself, he proceeds to push this confidence on all around him.