Here it is. The end of the semester. The end of my first half of my freshman year of college. I did not think, going into college, that I would be so warped into a class set about fairytales and a set of brothers but they have taught me so much in just these 15 weeks. They have forced me to read between the lines of a true short story and to believe in the magic it brings.
I did not understand what exactly we could have learned in a class all about fairytales before starting this class. I did not realize that there are so many different ways that the stories can be read. Some people may read it and see it set up in a feminist scenario, but others may read the same story thinking the exact opposite. I also did not realize that there are so many different versions of the same stories. The ones that surprised me the most are when there is a completely different outcome.
Disney will always be my first love and the first version that I come to know but now I realize things that I didn’t in the past. For example, the foot that Cinderella’s glass slipper is placed on. (It’s the left by the way). Now I just have a bigger appreciation for not only Walt Disney for creating his own twist on classic tales, but for the Grimm Brothers who are the reason for Walt Disney’s fame.
I thoroughly enjoyed this class and thought it was a great introduction to becoming a college student. I enjoyed teaching children what I learned throughout the year and being introduced to short fairytales unknown to most by the famous Brothers’ Grimm.
Charles Perrault’s Bluebeard follows the same basic story line as the Brothers Grimm’s The Robber Bridegroom and Fitcher’s Bird.
In Bluebeard a woman agrees to marry the ugly and deceiving Bluebeard after an extravagant party he throws. Soon after their marriage, Bluebeard leaves on a trip and gives a ring of keys to his recent bride. When he gives her these keys he leaves strict instruction not to go in one specific room in the house. When curiosity gets the better of her, the bride finds herself in a room filled with the blood and flesh of dead woman’s bodies. These woman are the previous wives of her new husband, Bluebeard. While running out of the room, she drops the golden key which becomes stained with blood. The bride does was not able to remove the stains before giving the key back to her husband who gives himself a mission to kill her. The bride is saved by her two heroes, her brothers, who kill Bluebeard.
In Fitcher’s Bird three sisters all took turns going into the forbidden Bloody Chamber. Only two came out alive after dropping the egg they were given in the blood. Since the last sister was smart, she left the egg in the cabinet so she would not make the same mistake. When she got in there, she gathered all of her sister’s body parts and puts them back together, sends them home and mars the man who gave them the key to the room. At the wedding, a fire is lit and the doors are locked leading in everyone dying in the fire.
In The Robber Bridegroom, the bride is set off into the woods to find her groom but is sent to the cellar and must wait for her groom, who she hears kill her grandmother. Instead of having him executed right then and there by her father, she plays a trick on him with her grandmothers finger which was cut off and landed on her lap. The groom is later executed.
My favorite of the three stories is Bluebeard. In this story, someone other than a romantic interest saves her and it sticks out to me the most.
I watched a four minute You Tube video or an animated Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf. During this video, Little Red Riding Hood did not meet the Wolf on her way to her grandmothers house, but instead just when she got there. This story starts out with the Wolf eating Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother. This video has no ‘happy ending’ because not only does the Grandmother die quickly in the beginning, but Little Red Riding Hood is soon swallowed whole herself. Unlike in the original fairytale, neither the Grandmother nor Little Red Riding Hood are resurrected in the end. At the end of this version of the story, the Big Bad Wolf is the one to win in the end. I did not like this interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood because in this version of the fairy tale, both Little Red Riding Hood and the Grandmother are left defenseless and were not able to fend for themselves. Also, it is known that in all versions of the Little Red Riding Hood that the Wolf is the bad guy. The villian in this is known to be a Wolf who is Big and Bad so why would he get his way at the end of the story? I assume that whenever I read or, in this case, watch a fairy tale, that the villain will always die or at least fail in his task but in this version there is no doubt that he won and got his way in the end.
Little Red Riding Hood- The Big Bad Wolf- Animated Stories For Kids