Sunday, September 23, 2012

Rags to Riches

The motif rags to riches through marriage and magic is common through countless fairytales in history. A common fairytale known for this motif is Cinderella. I do believe that someone can gain riches and fame through marriage and magic. Maybe not magic, but defiantly marriage. A common phrase used today for someone who seeks out money through marriage is a gold digger. I am not saying that Cinderella was a gold digger. She did not seek out to marry the prince. She just wanted to go to the ball and the prince happened to fall in love with her. In fairytales I believe you can gain riches through magic but not in real life. I don’t believe magic is real. There are things like destiny and fate, but those aren’t magic. If you are destined to be with someone who is rich, then okay. That isn’t magic. Marriage I believe is a common way to gain riches, and it is common across many cultures. There are many stories of people who go and gain riches through marriage, poor commoners who marry into royalty. Success is another thing that can be gained through marriage because if your spouse is successful, then in return so are you. How realistic is it that you are going to marry rich? Well, that’s a good question. Unless you’re going out every day look for a wealthy man and refusing anything less, I would say your chances aren’t that good. I believe you have about the same luck of marrying rich as you do becoming well off on your own hard work and accomplishments.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Hansel and Gretel

In the original Grimm tale Hansel and Gretel the mother of the two wants to abandon them in the woods because there isn't enough food and money to support the whole family. She wants to be selfish and leave the children to fend for themselves in the woods alone. The father in the original tale does not want to do this because he loves his children and believes it would be better to share what little they have than to be selfish. Also, in the original tale Hansel and Gretel first leave a trail of pebbles to find their way home and eventually they do. In both tales Hansel and Gretel leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find their way back but the birds eat the bread, so it is impossible for them to find their way home and they end up wandering further into the woods. In the MGM version when the kids are at the witches house they realize that she is blind. They also realize this in the original version but the difference is what they do about it. In the original version Hansel tricks the witch to think that he is not getting fat by always letting her see a little bone instead of his finger. In the MGM version Gretel realizes that the witch will be able to do nothing without her seeing eye glass, so she wants to break it and eventually she does. I believe that these changes in the Fairy Tale were made to make it more of a happier version. Would you really want to read to your kids about how a mother wants to abandon her kids in the middle of the forest? As time progresses these changes are made to the Fairy Tale to make it more of an appropriate version for children. Your not going to make a movie that doesn't sell, so the changes were made in an effort to help sell the movie too.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

What is a Fairy Tale?

A fairy tale is something that consists of magical creatures and fantasy life. Fairy tales are a universe in miniature. Each fairy tale has its own world and everyone who exists in it lives in a timeless world, they characters are never changing. In fairy tales at the end usually the evil principle needs to be destroyed or done away with so that only good things can prosper. Fairy tales are all about underlying lessons and morals that they instill in not only children but adults as well. Each fairy tale carries around with a different history and different moral. Fairy tales have been around for ages and as time has progressed they have changed. However, many fairy tales still hold true to their original lesson and moral. A fairy tale is more than a girl dreaming one day her prince will come, as Disney had made it out to be. That’s what people these days associate Fairy Tales with, but it is much more than that. The Grimm brothers believed these stories to hold and tie the community together. They were oral and written stories passed down for generations in the German culture. These stories are much more than just a girl waiting for her prince. They are traditions and values that many different cultures had passed down for ages. Throughout time great works of literature have borrowed many of their motifs from Fairy Tales. Fairy Tales are not a normal type of literature. They concern man directly and everything he must face. They force you to rise up and do what is right. They instill morals and values in you that you could get nowhere else.