First one of my long digressions.
There was a witch who imprisoned a girl in a tower. There was no entrance to the tower. The girl only survived at the witch's mercy in this way. When the witch came with a basket of food she would call out, "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, that I may climb the golden stair." Rapunzel had hair about 20, 30 feet long.
A young man saw her and started dating her. He was afraid the witch would catch them. Eventually he figured out a way to liberate Rapunzel. I guess she tied her hair to the furniture and climbed down and he cut it off to a nice reasonable waist length.
The witch caught up with the man and pierced his eyes with thorns blinding him. She would be the last woman he would ever see. He would never look at a woman again. He wandered off as a beggar.
Rapunzel later found him and comforted him. She held his head in her lap and wept. Her tears falling on his face healed his eyes.
And they lived happily ever after.
(WARNING: Don't overthink it. I like one fairy tale that ended "And if they lived happily ever after or had new problems, it is none of your business.")
This is a Coming of Age story. Freud said men have a lasting lust for their mommies. Jung said that there is a point in a healthy boy's life when he rebels against Mommy for a while. He alienates himself from her and starts dating. He starts to see other women as separate from Mommy. His subconscious view of women is centralized in an Anima. Mommy becomes a hated old woman, and a younger woman is idolized. In Liberation of the Anima stories, first he saves the helpless girl and then she womans up and saves her man from the evil old witch.
I've seen a rock&roll vehicles from the 1960 where there was a record producer with a big breasted 30-ish dark haired woman friend/manager. He discovers some 17 year old little blonde. The businesswoman coopts her and ties her up in a contract and the man, too. She then faces him up to the fact that he can never leave her -- never -- so get used to it. The skinny blonde, under survival pressures, grows up immediately and outwits the businesswoman on the contracts and saves the producer.
ADAM AND EVE.
Adam and Eve are living simply and simple mindedly in a Garden with childlike innocence.
God warns that there is a door that they must never open. They open the door and find the corpses of all of God's previous wives. Oh, sorry. I slipped into the story of Bluebeard. God tells them there is a tree they must never touch or they will become wise to Good and Evil and will die that very day.
Then a serpent tells the girl that if they eat the fruit they will become
adults gods. The woman is ahead of the boy on this. (Which has been noted in many studies that teenage girls get serious a couple years before boys.) Anyway they eat the fruit. They are expelled from the Garden of Childhood Eden and while they now have the ability and the right to make judgements on Good and Evil, they also have it as a painful duty.
They do not live happily ever after. Indeed one of their kids becomes a juvenile delinquent and murders his brother. But they live as adults ever after.
It's a typical Coming of Age fairy tale to plant in children's minds some moral-to-the-story wisdom.