Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bluebeard


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.

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