Sunday, March 31, 2013


This week we read tales about the villain character of Bluebeard. The tale I liked the most would be the Brothers Grimm "Fitcher's Bird". I liked this tale because it was different from the others but it also had the female character outsmart the evil character of the man she is betrothed too. This is different form the original Charles Perrault's "Bluebeard" tale which has the wife saved from Bluebeard by her brothers. This tale is different because after her sisters are murdered by the sorcerer the smart sister is captured by the sorcerer, she outsmarts the sorcerer and brings her sisters back to life and saves them as well as herself and defeats the sorcerer all on her own. This story is also different because the man who marries the girls is not just a man like in the other tales, he is a sorcerer but like the other tales he is rich. This tale has a feminist point of view which i liked as well. The curiosity that the sisters have about the locked room and their discovery of the truth shows that they aren't afraid of the orders given by the man and that they are willing to go along with their impulses. Also what I found interesting about the story is once the sorcerer came back to the last sister and seen that she did not drop the egg he decided to trust her and she became in charge. She started ordering around and telling him that before she would marry him he must take gold to her father (the basket which carries her sisters is covered in gold). She orders him not to take a rest on his journey and that she will be looking out her window. When he puts the basket down for a rest the sisters say "I'm looking out my little window, and I see that you're resting. Get a move on".  The fact that he would immediately do what she says was interesting to me he just gave all his power to her. I really liked all the tales but this one stood out to me because it was so different from the rest.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Snow White

This week in class we focused on the “Snow White” fairy tales. We watched the music clip “Sonne” by Rammstein on YouTube and I found that there were many similarities and differences in the story and persons, motives and symbols in the music video. Some parts of the story are different from the actual fairy tale “Snow White”. For example in Sonne SW is more of a villain she bosses around the dwarves and when they don’t bring back enough gold she will spank them. Also in Sonne SW seems to be a drug addict and when she over doses they put her in a coffin and she is awaken by an apple falling from the tree over the coffin in stead of a prince. However with their differences there are some similar symbols in these two stories. In Sonne there are the 7 dwarves who are working in the mine. We also see the apple in a couple of scenes all in which SW is in. Also in the end when she “overdoses” the dwarves put her in a glass coffin and bring her to the top of a mountain, which is similar to the Grimm’s tale.  I personally prefer the original fairy tale by the brothers Grimm because it is more classic to me. I do think the Sonne music video story was an interesting, more modern take on the tale but I still prefer the original.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Jungian View of Fairy Tales

Wise old man ex. Gandalf

Normally you wouldn’t think that psychology and fairy tales would have much in common or have any kind of relationship with one another but they do. Fairy tales and Jungian psychoanalysis have a relationship with each other that includes many things. For starters Carl Jung said that between all people is a collective unconscious, which is shared by all people and contains the universal experiences of humankind throughout revolution. This has to do with fairy tales in particular because fairy tales are an example of the collective unconscious. Many fairy tales came about at the same time but in very different places of the world with the same kind of story lines. Also according to Dr. Mazeroff Jungian psychoanalysis includes many archetypes that we see in most if not all fairy tales. For example some of those archetypes are the wise old mad, the primeval forest, the trickster, the shadow, etc. All of these archetypes are what we see in many fairy tales. Also another one of the Jungian psychoanalysis relationship to fairy tales is the themes that we see in fairy tales such as the family romance which means that the child is living with a family that is not her real family, he hero’s journey, and the departure to call. All of these themes we have seen in fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Cap, and Beauty and the Beast.