Sunday, May 12, 2013

Blog Entry 12: This is your final blog. In this blog, please reread all blogs you have written and reflect about what you have done and learned in the semester. How did you like the material covered? Was it challenging for you? Did you spend enough time reading the required material? Etc. Blog is due by Thursday, May 9.
I really enjoyed the material that we covered in this class. It really exposed my to literature outside the normal European perspective. I especially enjoyed the guest speakers that breathed life into tales that otherwise would just be words on a page. Especially Dr. Ocheing, he really knows how to tell a story and draw someone into it.  I feel like we also went much more in depth then I ever have with fairytales.
I think this class was challenging without overwhelming. I am not a psychology minded person so the Jung and Freud perspectives we definitely a challenge. Sometime I wasn’t even sure that I understood them at all. But as the class went on it began to make much more sense. The other thing that was challenging was relating the fairytales to my own field of study, sociology. But just like the psychology perspective after a while I figured it out. But other then that it was not too bad, just a lot of reading, which is understandable.
I spent a lot of time reading the material assigned. But I wish that we had more time in class to discuss. Some of the tales I felt like we kind of rushed through. Especially the ones that the guest speakers presented on. They were so interesting but we never really had time to discuss them as a class outside of asking the presenters questions. I feel like there is so much more that we never got to talk about but that is the restriction of a semester long class. 
Just a last thought, in the very first blog I said Little Mermaid was my favorite and that has not changed. But now I like it for different reasons. The imagery in Han Christian Anderson's tale is so beautiful. I think the falcon, for me, is when the grandmother is clamping the clams on the little mermaid's tale. I know it doesn't sound like much but it encompasses all of the ideas of sacrifice and following the right path that the rest of the tale tries to portray. 
Margaret Tarrant's Little Mermaid 1


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