Saturday, March 30, 2013

Blog Entry 7: This entry should be about Bluebeard as a villain: Which of the Bluebeard tales we have read did 
you like
the most/ least? Why? How is this tale different from others we have 
read? What makes it special? Please elaborate and include quotes from 
the tale to prove your
point of view.

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).


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Blog #6~ Watch “Sonne” by Rammstein and compare the story and persons, motives, symbols in the music video with those of “Snow White” fairy tales read in class. What is similar? What is different? Which one do you like better and why?

        The Rammstein version and the Brothers’ Grimm version of ‘Snow White’ have some similarities but also very different. In both there are little men, although there are only 5 ‘dwarfs’ in the Rammstein version. In the music video, Snow White was herself the evil ruler, punishing the little men for not finding enough gold for her, whereas in the Brothers’ Grimm version the queen is the evil one, finding fault in Snow White for being so beautiful. From the translation that I used, there was no mention of beauty, just the sun can blind and hurt you. Additionally, in ‘Sonne’ the dwarfs appear to serve Snow White as opposed to her forming a social contract with them to do house work, the dwarfs can be seen brushing Snow White’s hair and polishing her apples. Which brings me to my next different, Snow White is the one with the apples. There is no 3rd party trying to hurt her. Instead she is hurting herself, and ultimately killing herself, by snorting the gold that the dwarfs find in the mines. Although there is the similarity of the glass coffin at the top a mountain in both stories the means for awakening are very different. At the end of the video instead of the apple killing her and the prince coming to save her, the apple awakes her from her glass coffin, by breaking it. The “Young Slave” had even less in common with the music video. There is not mother ever mentioned nor is there a kind uncle or wicked aunt. In the music video there are only Snow White and the dwarfs. The girl in the video is not seeking a way to get back to her rightful place and does not ask anyone for anything but gold. 


         I actually preferred the Rammstein version to the other ones. I enjoyed the dwarfs actually seeming upset at the invasion of Snow White into their homes. As they dug in the mines for more gold, it appeared to me that they were frustrated with their work and bitter at having to serve. I also liked that Snow White herself was the evil queen instead of a helpless maiden. She made the men work for her and give her what she wanted as opposed to doing all their housework for them. She took on some of the stronger characteristics of the evil queen in other versions which enabled her to be independent and take over the dwarfs’ house as leader. 

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Discuss “A Jungian View of Fairy Tales”! What is the relationship between fairy tales and Jungian psychoanalysis?

Dr. Mazeroff spoke about the collective unconscious in regards to fairy tales, stating that collective unconscious was universal experience we have all had. Jung believed that collective unconscious was in the genetic makeup of humans and manifested itself in archetypes. Archetypes found in fairy tales such as the Great Earth Mother, which are associated with darkness, water and the moon.

            He also talked about parts of the psyche. An example of this is the persona, which the public face a person puts on. In Beauty and the Beast by De Beaumont, when Beauty leaves to go to the Beast’s to settle her father’s debt the sisters have the persona of being upset, but in reality they are happy to see her leave to live with a monster. Another part of the psyche is the Ego, which is the goal-oriented center of consciousness. In “The Tiger’s Bride” the girl tries to be smart about escaping the beast saying that she will give him what he wants if he lets her go afterward. She is aware of what is going on and initially is works towards the goal of escaping and returning to her old life. But later her shadow or unconscious desires are made known because at the end she offers herself up willingly to the beast and becomes a beast herself. This shows she unconscious drive to escape her old life.

            One of the last things Dr. Mazeroff talked about what the Hero’s Journey. Which he stated could be found in every culture. It is where the Hero departs, either willingly or unwillingly, to go on a quest, on this quest the hero must leave his existing world and enter a new one. From there the hero goes through trials and victories of intuition and at the end returns to his original world and is reintegrated. Upon his return he shows that he is now the master of both his original and new world!  An example of this setup in Fairy Tales is in “Frog Princess” when the prince first finds his wife she is a frog. The ‘hero’ looses his wife because he burns her skin and has to leave his home in order to find her. Then he has to follow his intuition along his quest and find his wife. He returns home and named the heir to the throne, making him the master of both worlds!
The Prince and the Frog - Ivan Bilibin
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