Saturday, December 1, 2012


Coming into this class in the beginning of the semester, I wasn't quite sure what we would be doing because I had never heard of The Grimm Brothers before. I was excited to learn about the history of fairy tales and where they come from. In high school I interpreted different stories and novels for my English classes, so i knew most of the different approaches to interpretation which helped me in this class. One huge thing that i learned in this class was all the different contributors to fairy tales, such as Basile and Perrault. In the beginning of the semester when read Sleeping Beauty I gave a presentation of the uses of enchantment in that story. The article was written by Bettelheim and gave me a different insight to the psychoanalytic perspective and how much symbolism there is in Sleeping Beauty. This report helped give me more understanding of how to exactly interpret some symbolism related to the psychoanalytic perspective. When we read Cinderella and Snow White I learned much more about the role of women in fairy tales and how that has changed over time. I also learned how Disney used fairy tales to get his ideologies out, which many fairy tale contributors have been doing for centuries. I ended up writing my research paper on this topic because I found it very interesting how women's roles in fairy tales have changed over time. I also learned from these stories how the role of the prince has changed over time as well and how the prince has gone from being a background character to playing a huge part in the story. When we read Little Red Cap and Hansel and Gretel I began to notice the trend of the woods as a symbol in many fairy tales. Also when we discussed these stories I learned how children play a role in many stories, their innocence and naive ways is what many villains in fairy tales find attracting. When we read the different version of Bluebeard I learned how Bluebeard is a reverse fairy tale. It does things backwards. The marriage is in the beginning and acts a punishment, almost trapping the heroine in. It is her worst nightmare. In many fairy tales marriage acts as a reward, but not in the different adaptions of Bluebeard. When we read Rapunzel I really enjoyed it because I felt that symbol of being trapped in your own reality, can be very relate able to many people. When we watched and compared the Silence of the Lambs to Little Red Riding Hood, i enjoyed it. I did not quite understand the movie, but I understand how it could be seen as an adaption of Little Red Riding Hood. Throughout the semester I have learned many different things from the stories we have read, such as symbols, interpretations, and themes. I have learned that in all fairy tales there is a pattern. Many people get fairy tales confused with folklore. They are different, that is another thing that i learned this semester. I really enjoyed this class and I have learned a lot about different fairy tales and what they mean (in the story and relating to real life).

Little Red Riding Hood vs. Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs is a 20th century adaption of the famous fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Many believe that the relationship between Clarice and Lecter can be seen as the wolf and little red. Throughout the movie Clarice is intrigued by Lecter and very curious to find out what makes him do what he does to solve her case. Both stories begin in the woods. In many fairy tales going into the woods represents the unknown, dangers, etc. In Little Red Riding Hood little red is very eager to speak to the wolf and give him information. She is innocent and intrigued, just like Clarice is in the movie. Lecter is fascinated by her innocence and general curiosity. She doesn't necessarily want to persecute Lecter, but learn from him. However; in Little Red Riding Hood, the story ends with the wolf being killed. This could be similar to "Buffalo Bill" being shot and killed by Clarice in the story, because it could be a version of Lecter (the wolf) being killed. In the movie although, Clarice knows that the real wolf is still out there. In Little Red Riding Hood, the real wolf is killed, however; little red promises her mother that she will never stray from her path again because there is still many dangers out in the woods, just like life. Silence of the Lambs can be seen as a recent adaption of this famous fairy tale because it shows many fairy tale qualities and the relationship between characters is the same.

Monday, November 19, 2012


This cartoon is using using humor to relate to the fairy tale Rapunzel. It is mocking how many times the prince came to visit her by saying that he shouldn't come up tonight due to her splitting headache. It is assumed that her headache is a result from how many times the prince has had to climb up her hair. Compared to the Disney film there are a few differences. In the film, the main male character is not actually a prince. He is actually an outlaw on the run from the kingdom. Here in the cartoon, the male character is dressed in armor and has a horse, so it is assumed that he is a prince. Another difference in the movie and the cartoon is how long Rapunzel's hair is, In this cartoon it doesn't even reach the ground which means it would be harder to climb up it. In the movie her hair is extremely long and magical. It can heal wounds. No where in the cartoon does it talk about Rapunzel's hair having magical powers.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012


There are three different versions of the fairy tale Bluebeard. Two were by the Brothers Grimm, and one was by Charles Perrault. Fitcher's Bird and the Robber Bridegroom were the two German versions. There are similarities and differences between all three versions of Bluebeard. The Robbers Bridegroom and Bluebeard both begin with marriage. Fitcher's Bird also begins with a relationship between a man an a young girl. The man wants to take of the young girl and provide for her, much like marriage. Unlike other fairy tales where marriage and relationships are in the end and seen as a reward, marriage and relationships is present at the beginning of the story and symbolizes death. The is unique to Bluebeard because marriage in fairy tales is so often seen as a reward. Also, the heroine in each story. In each story, the wife, allows for her curiosity to deceive her and she ends up disobeying her husband, and in these three stories that is punishable by death. The key and the egg both symbolize a females unspoiled sexuality. When the husband returns home to find his key and egg to be stained with blood, he is outraged. The blood aspect represents a wife's infidelity to her husband. The Robbers Bridegroom does not contain a specific room or forbidden chamber, however, the bride still learns the evil ways of her husband by witnessing the murder of another women. In each version of Bluebeard the main heroine of the story is seriously deprived for knowledge. There is almost a sexual attraction to knowledge. Each of the three main features in Bluebeard is present in each three of these versions. There is a forbidden chamber she is not allowed to go in, however, in the Robbers Bridegroom this is a metaphorical chamber. The Robbers house itself is the chamber. The young girl constantly avoided going to the robbers house because she knew she did not trust him. When she finally enters the house, she discovers the truth about him. The next function seen in each three of these versions is the agent of prohibition and who is punishing. This in each story, is the main male character. The husband in each story tells the bride to do something or not doing something and if she does or doesn't she is punished. Next is the figure who violates this prohibition and will be punished. The girls in each of the stories allow their curiosity to overcome them. The husband then tries to punish them, but in the end the husband is outsmarted by the girl(s). Curiosity and disobedience are the two central themes present in all three versions of Bluebeard. My favorite version of Bluebeard is The Robbers Bridegroom. I prefer this version because there isn't as much gore. Yes, you witness the murder and possible rape of a young girl, but the original bride in the end is able to most wittily outsmart her husband. In the other two versions, each husband does get outsmarted, however, in the Robbers Bridegroom, the wife is able to trap her husband in the most secret of ways. She is able to escape his house with no trace of ever being there and confess to her father the truth. I believe in this version evil is most directly defeated and that is why I prefer it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cupid and Psyche vs. The Frog King

     I believe that the Greek tale Cupid and Psyche is nothing like the German tale The Frog King. There are some major differences between these two stories. A main is the story line in general. There is really no similarities involved in the story line other than the fact that Psyche is a princess. In The Frog King by the Brother's Grimm, the princess drops her golden ball in a well. A talking frog agrees to retrieve it for her if she promises to be his companion (marriage). She willingly promises this because she wants her gold ball back and realizes that this little frog can't do anything if I don't keep my promise. Once the ball is retrieved for the princess she goes back to her palace and leaves the frog by the well. Later when she is eating dinner the frog is at the door and yelling for her to come let him in and keep her promise. Her father hears this and makes the princess follow through with her promise of being the frogs company. Later that night when her father makes her take the frog to bed with her, once she gets to her room she throws him against the wall, then he turned into a handsome prince. When the princess realized this they fell asleep together. The next morning the princes servant, Heinrich arrived with the carriage. He was so overwhelmed by the princes enchantment that he had to wrap three iron bands around his hear to keep it from bursting with sorrow. When they were all pulling away in the carriage, the bands burst because he was so happy his master was back.
     Cupid and Psyche is different in many ways. It is still a more fantasy of a tale, but it is based off of the myths of the ancient Greek gods. Psyche is a beautiful mortal who the goddess, Venus, is inherently jealous of due to mortals constantly comparing Psyche's beauty to hers. She sends her son cupid to cause Psyche to be madly in love with an undeserving man as her punishment. Cupid makes a mistake and accidently causes him to be in love with Psyche. Psyche is obsessed with getting married and because of her immense beauty she is denial as to why a rich and high class suitor hasn't come her way and demanded marriage. They then consulted the oracle of Apollo and found out that Psyche was destined for a hideous monster at the top of the mountain. Once Psyche was taken to her fate, she found pounds, beauty, a huge house filled with everything she could desire and more. Her husband only came at night and would not let her see him. Eventually her husband allowed her to bring her sisters up to her sanctuary and they implanted the idea in her head to sneak a peak at her husband with a lamp at night, and if he was a monster to kill him. Her husband caught her doing this the next night. Her husband turned out to be Cupid. As her punishment, Cupid leaves her forever. Psyche is so distraught and doesn't know what to do she goes out looking for her husband. She comes across Ceres, who gives her the advice to go to Venus's temple and beg for her forgiveness. Psyche does this. Venus makes her complete a few tasks and each time does not believe that Psyche could have completed them alone. Her final task is to receive some beauty in a box from Proserpine and bring it back to Venus to heal her son. Psyche is too not look inside or open the box, but again her curiosity fails her and she opens the box and is put into a deep sleep. By this time cupid is better. He could not stand being away from Psyche so he consults the help of Jupiter, who pleads the case to Venus. She eventually agrees and Psyche becomes immortal and her and Cupid can finally be together.
     These two tales are different for many different reasons. The tale itself is completely different with only a few striking similarities. One similarity I find very clear is the attitude of the princess's. Both are quite selfish and material item obsessed.Once Psyche sees her palace, she doesn't complain at all about not seeing her husband or any one else. The princess in The Frog King is only concerned with herself and what makes her happy. She doesn't intend on keeping her promise to the frog. These stories are inherently different with really only one or two similarities.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Little Red and Deforestation

 Little Red Riding Hood is a popular fairy tale and is known all over the world. In this environmental cartoon above, Little Red Riding Hood is showing a different approach. The theme of this cartoon is the environment and deforestation. The aim of this cartoon is to show how the environment is rapidly changing. In the traditional fairy tale Little Red has to travel through a thick forest to get to her grandmas house. This cartoon mocks that by getting rid of the entire forest and having Little Red say how deforestation has made it easier for her to reach her grandmas house. I think this cartoon does a great job of getting the point across that deforestation is having a huge effect on our earth. Millions of trees are being destroyed each year across the globe. This environmental cartoon does a great job of demonstrating that. They are taking a common and well known fairy tale to help get their point across that the environment and our forests are disappearing right in front of our eyes. I believe that more people should be focused on the declining state of our environment. Deforestation is getting rid of trees which help produce oxygen. Without trees and plant life, we would all die. The state of our environment is slowly becoming a more well known and addressed problem. This cartoon does a great job of helping bring this issue to the table in a way people can relate and that is sensible. More people will be able to understand the devastation of this problem if they can relate to the way that the information is presented. I really like this cartoon because it allows people from across the world to relate and understand the problem our environment is facing today.
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Friday, October 5, 2012

Grimm Brothers vs. Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton and the Grimm Brothers both have very similar versions for the tale of Snow White. Although there are a few distinct differences in the tale. One key difference is the age of Snow White in the tales. In the Grimm Brothers version Snow White is seven years old and in Anne Sextons version Snow White is thirteen.  I believe this could have something to do with puberty. When describing Snow White in the first stanza, Sexton says, "rolling her china-blue doll eyes/open and shut./Open to say,/Good Day Mama,/and shut for the thrust/of the unicorn." This could be interpreted to refer to sex. The poem goes on to say how Snow White is pure and innocent. Maybe the reason that Sexton changed the age of Snow White was so that the princess was closer to puberty and maturing. Another key difference in these two version is what the queen asks the hunter to bring back the heart of Snow White for her. In Sextons version the queen wants the heart of the princess, but in the Grimm Brothers she wants the lungs and liver. The reason for this change could be that the heart symbolizes life and the queen wants to take Snow Whites life away so no one can be more beautiful than her.Another difference is how long it takes Snow White to reach the Dwarfs cottage in the woods. In the Grimm Brothers version it only takes Snow White around a day to reach the cottage. In Sextons version it takes the princess seven weeks to reach the cottage. This could be better to better represent how long it would actually take for a little girl to cross seven mountains. In the Grimm Brothers version Snow White is humble and polite. She only eats a little bit of food off of each little plate because she doesn't want to upset the Dwarfs who life in the cottage in hopes that they will let her stay there. In Sextons version Snow White is more greedy than that. She eats each each chicken liver, fully, off of all of their plates. I believe this is the first evidence in this version that Sexton is trying to change the character of Snow White. Another difference is how the story ends. The last few lines of Sextons version say this, "Meanwhile Snow White held court,/rolling her china-blue doll eyes open and shut/and sometimes referring to her mirror/as women do." Sexton changes the complete character and meaning of the story here. She is taking some innocent little pure girl and turning her into the thing she is trying to run away from. In the Grimm Brothers version Snow White is pure and would never want to harm anyone. Sexton turns her into her stepmother by making her just as obsessed with her looks as the witch. Those are a few of the differences between the two versions. There are a few similarities as well. In both versions the queen uses the same devices to try and kill Snow White. Sexton probably kept this the same because they have no real say into who the characters are themselves. Another similarity is how the queen dies. Both Sexton and the Grimm Brothers keep this the same. The queen is forced to dance in red hot iron shoes. I believe that Sexton choose to keep this the same because it really is an awful way to die and it shows the wickedness and evil that Snow White is starting to show. I believe that the changes Sexton made were in an effort to change the character of Snow White and the meaning of the story. Sextons version is more about how women today are constantly obsessing over their looks and making it so that they become extremely jealous of women who are prettier than them,