Sunday, February 24, 2013

Little Red Riding Hood

This week we learned a lot about Little Red Riding Hood and read different versions of the tale. This cartoon I found on the Internet is about Little Red Riding Hood.  After watching the cartoon I found that it was more of a social cartoon because it had lots of morals in it. The cartoon did not try to hide the usually hidden moral of LRRH which is to listen to your parents and don’t trust strangers. This cartoon was longer then some of the others I looked at. I liked it because the drawings seemed like they came from a book of fair tales and the fact that it had more dialogue then most of the other videos I looked at. Also the story went more a long with the story than most. Of course it wasn’t exactly like the Brother Grimm one but it had its elements such as the woodcutter and how he used the axe to get our Little Red Riding Hoods grandma. It was different though, in the fact that the wolf didn’t also eat Little Red, instead it was just the grandmother.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Child as a Hero

This week in class we read stories like “Hansel and Gretel” and “Molly Whuppie”. These stories have a lot in common but what matters most in their similarities is that the hero in these stories were a child. In “Hansel and Gretel” and “Molly Whuppie” the children play the role of dependent at first and then by the end they have matured and become independent from their parents. In both of these stories the children start out living with their parents and depending on them for food, shelter and love. When there parents decide to abandon their children that is when the children must learn how to fend for themselves and try to overcome their anxieties about being abandoned. According to Bettelheim “Hansel and Gretel” is about a child’s anxiety about being abandoned by their parents. Also Bettelheim says that the story is about oral fixation and how the children get over it and become mature in the process. In both stories the children are abandoned because their parents cannot feed them anymore which is an anxiety that most if not all children fear. Bettelheim said that most children cannot this past when their next meal will be so when they are abandoned because their parents cannot feed them this presents a problem. Because of their oral fixation they cannot think logically and plan how to get back to their parents. In “Hansel and “Gretel” they finally overcome their oral fixation and outsmart the witch and by overcoming the oral fixation they have matured and therefore can come home to their parents and not only be more independent but can also no contribute to the household.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Defintion of a fairy tale

A Fairy tale or folk tale can have many definitions. Some people like Max Muller, who studied fairy tales, believes that they are myths as travesties of natural phenomena. Ludwig Laistner and Karl Van Der Steinen believe that fairy tales can be the works of dreams and that they can mean real things in reality. To me a fairy tale is all those things. It incorporates all aspects of life from our nightmares and good dreams (which can be about love or loss) to believing that we have seen something that we cant explain or that seems supernatural. Folk and fairy tales might seem like children’s stories but they are much more then that. Throughout the centuries people from all over the world from South America to China have created myths and stories that all have the same kind of archetypes and ideas even if they were created in different times.  A fairy tale is made up of many things such as fantasy, magic, motifs, and never-never lands. All of these things are what make up a fairy tale. They are the places we grew up in as a child in our imaginations. These fairy tales no matter if they are for children can still affect us today and can shape who we are.  All of these different definitions all make up what a fairy tale is. I don’t believe that there is one true definition for what a fairy tale is because fairy tales affect us all in a different way. Fairy tales are what we grow up listening to as children and cherish in our memories as growing adults. I will always love fairy tales and will love reading them no matter what age I am.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Why I chose this course


I chose to take this course because I have always loved fairy tales. I grew up with my parents reading them to me every night before I went to sleep and then when I got older I would read them to my younger brother. Also I grew up watching all those lovely Disney versions of fairy tales, as I’m sure many of my classmates have and fell in love with them. I have always loved the adventure and romance that you find in fairy tales as well as folk tales. In this course I hope to gain good interpretive and analytical skills that we will be using to read these fairy tales and find the hidden meaning in them.  My favorite fairy tale of all time would be Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, no question. Of course the actual written story is a little different from Disney’s but I will always prefer the film version. I love the idea of redemption and true love and how someone as beautiful as bell fell for someone as ugly physically as the beast. It is really a unique and wonderful story to me.  I love all fairy tales and I cannot wait to learn as much as I can about all of them.