Friday, February 22, 2013

Little Red Maiden?

This cartoon is a pretty literal translation of the red riding hood tale told by The Brothers Grimm. I think that this tale pretty accurately is portrayed within this cartoon especially within in the dialogue where the wolf is being questioned by Little Red, about his big eyes, ears, hands, which all happen to represented within the five senses (hear, smell, sight). Also a big representation within this cartoon that is within the tale is the sexual representation (that doesn't necessarily have to be taken in a sexual way) is when the wolf leaps on the granddaughter and the grandmother when he gobbles them up. In the cartoon it does not say that he gobbles them and gobble is part of the tale that makes it sexual, but equally sexual is the fact that he leaps on both of them before hand. This cartoon is social because it is simply trying to make the exact same point as the Brothers Grimm version of this tale (Little Red Cap). I like this cartoon portrayal of Little Red Riding Hood because I think that is fairly accurate to the original Western version of the tale that is told but within the animations and actions it adds to a more realistic version and more modern version of what would actually happen in that situation, for example how the grandmother would react and such.

I like this portrayal of Little Red Cap because I think that it shows a lot of motif within the picture for instance the fact that the wolf is straying off the path and the mother told the daughter not to stray. Showing that the wolf is of bad intentions. It also shows birds which are also known to have motif or representation from the heavens, maybe representing the fact that she is being guarded at this point in the story.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Children as heroes

Children as heroes is a common theme of motif within fairy tales. It gives children the motivation and ideas that they can also do good deeds and this theme puts the thoughts into their heads of what they need to do in order to achieve this. Children as heroes can be looked at in many different ways, they can be seen as motivating towards the child to do good deeds but a big way that especially Bettelheim brings up is that the child as a hero brings the idea into a child's head, that they need to separate from their parents and start to depend and provide on their own. This applies especially to Hansel and Gretel and Little Thumbling. In both tales the children are forced into abandonment by famine and their parents not being able to fend for themselves and their children anymore. In both tales the children are tricked into regressing back into the stage of their life where they are dependent on adults, both with the ogre in Little Thumbling and the witch in Hansel and Gretel. They temporarily regress to depending on these other beings and they end up being punished for it by almost loosing their lives, and having their lives threatened. Both tales have fighting children who use their maturity to push through their phase of dependency and outsmart the adults. The children learn within their heroism they need not to depend on the adults but that they within themselves can fend for themselves and live in the real world without the maternal dependency that they started with before their experiences took place. The child as the hero sends many messages but within those tales a lot of them lead back to the conclusion that once a child finds their maturity and lets go of their dependency that they will be able to succeed and further mature in life.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Blog entry 2-- fairy tales and meaning

Fairy tales are something unique, there is nothing else in our world that carries the same properties that fairy tales do. A fairy tale is hard to be defined because a fairy tales can be so broad, all fairy tales vary from many different versions, there isn’t just one story line, they are constantly changing and adapting to our modern times. Fairy tales are built for the child, but they can also help people of different ages, children at different stages of their lives can take different pieces of information, different bits of morality, that they can grasp from fairy tales in different ways. While on the topic of children the point that fairy tales are made to influence our children should be brought up, there are many different opinions in the manner of which our children should be brought to hear these fairy tales or for them to be avoided. Fairy tales no matter the tale always have a lesson it just depends on how the child takes to the story. Fairy tales provide information for children that can help them to grow. Regardless of the fact that a fairy tale isn’t necessarily completely accurate, the lessons in it do teach the lessons that a child would have to learn. For instance the difference between good and bad, or good and evil, these fairy tales might include witches or ogres as being evil, but the acts that cause them to be evil show these children what is right and what is wrong.
Fairy tales always have a theme, or a motif. There are many different opinions on if there are multiple motifs or if we are just born with one ultimate thought or point to fairy tales, one large lesson learned from all fairy tales, no matter the motif. Every fairy tale has a different meaning but they all are made within the same purpose, to send messages to the people reading them.
A fairy tale in broad terms is a story of unimaginable concepts that are put together in a way in which somehow is transformed through our minds as realistic, and our unconscious mind finds meaning within, and helps apply these concepts to our lives without us even knowing that they apply. Applying these to our lives can help give us guidance in life, through things that we have trouble making sense of our trouble going through.