Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bluebeard

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.

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