What is the significance of the story of the headless queen? Why is Moritz so taken with this story?
Moritz tells a fantastical story about a beautiful queen who was born without a head, meaning that she couldn’t eat, drink, kiss, or speak. The queen one day meets a king who has two heads and who gives her one of his, leading the two to marry and live happily together. This story holds particular importance for Moritz, who identifies with the queen’s plight. Because of his poor academic performance, Moritz feels lacking in a way that is central to his identity. Yet, Moritz also envies the queen for her beauty and daring leadership. He also envies her for her happy ending;...
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