I preferred “Fitcher’s Bird” by Brothers Grimm; I enjoyed the element of magic that the tale presented. That Bluebeard was not only a twisted man that killed his wives, he was also able to get women simply by having “touched her and she jumped into his basket” (Tatar, 148). It also added an interesting image to the tale outside of the gore. Later in the tale when the third sister found her sisters chopped up in a basin I remembered the peaceful way he got the girls to come with him in the first place. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the two images of the villain it showed his cunning as well as his sinister side. Also I like that he used magic because it showed early on his distrust of the girls, this distrust made it easier to accept later in the tale that he would kill over betrayal. If he was not even willing to ask a girl to marry him for fear of rejection how could he stay with one that well against his express will. Don’t get me wrong I am in no way condoning his actions, I just find Bluebeard to be a sad character. In Fetcher’s bride he has no one in his life, everyone who has entered his life was forced out by his rage and mistrust. Then at the end when he could not find a trace of blood on the egg or key and thinks he has finally found someone to trust, he has still been betrayed.
I did not really mind any of these tales, there was so little various among them that I liked them all. Though I did find Bluebeard to be an odd character. He was different from all of the other villains so far in that he did not have any transformative elements. With Beauty and the Beast tales at the end the beast becomes human, or visa versa, and they two live happily ever after, if they are of the opposite sex. I cannot think of any tales where two characters of the opposite sex, where one is a villain, that does not end with the evil one becoming good. The times that the villain does not become good are in tales like ‘Snow White’ or ‘Hansel and Gretel,’ where it is a parent trying to kill the main character, in which case the character has no option for marriage to villain. Bluebeard is the only time that the villain is killed. An example of this is in the Fitcher’s Tale when “they set fire to [the house] so that the sorcerer and his crew burned to death” (Tatar, 151).