Friday, March 29, 2013


The tale of bluebeard that I liked the most was the Brothers Grimm Fitchers Bird because I like all the different components of the tale, such as the sorcerer and his magic, and the fact that the girl finds a way to save her sisters and outsmart the villain. This tale is different in the fact that the girls were more stolen away from their parents rather than offered up or found by the sorcerer. Also the sorcerer in this tale says that if you enter this room it will cost you life, showing the exact ramifications of the girls actions and desires to enter the said room, but they all do so regardless of their further knowledge of the exact fate that would become of them if they entered the room "You can go anywhere you want and look around at everything, but don't go into the room that this little key opens. I forbid it under penalty of death."(The Classic Fairy Tales pg. 149)
This tale was special in the aspects of magic but it still contained all the major motifs of the key/egg and the girl loosing her virginity/ fedility with the dropping of the egg/key and the appearance of blood being stained, representing the ability to never be able to go back to that prior stage of purity, all because of their curiousity. In this Brothers Grimm tale however the girl save her sisters by putting them in a basket and sending them home, and she outsmarts "Bluebeard" by rolling in honey and feathers and disguising herself as a bird and setting a skull in the attic to make it appear as herself. Once she has outsmarted her and has thought that the skull was her, and gone into the house where the rest of his wedding guests were, she locks the doors and burns it to the ground. This shows a transition from the beginning where the woman are portrayed as weak for giving into the curiosity to the end when the girl outsmarts him and become the heroin.

This image shows the woman with all the keys given to her and you can tell by the look on her face that she is suspicious and that she is probably doing something that she is not supposed to be. I thought this captured what I had imagined one of the women acting like when in their situations, she appears to be looking around to make sure nobody is looking, but she knows that if she enters that room her fate is already decided according to Bluebeard, furthermore showing her weakness. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Snow White

The music video by Rammstein was cleverly put together and made an interesting twist to a fairytale that we all know as an innocent girl having her life dominated by her overtly jealous step mother. In the music video however the woman is her own demise which also identifies with the fact that in Snow White the fairytale, the step mother and Snow White could represent one person. There is also the somewhat present theme of the seven men that are shown through out several different versions of the fairytale that Snow White keeps house for and their accommodations are part of her survival. Even though the wicked step mother isn't present within the music video, her presence is still within Snow White and her addiction to beautiful things or in this case the gold that the men bring, which is eventually her demise. Within the fairy tale it is Snow Whites temptations that get her into trouble by constantly allowing things to happen, like the lacing of her bodice, and the brushing of her hair, and the final choice she made taking a bite of an apple, she couldn't control her temptations in the fairy tale and she couldn't control them in the music video either, that would be the central motif that the two have in common.
I like the story of Snow White as told by The Brothers Grimm most simply because it goes into all the aspects of the fairytale. It has everything from the father figure being absent but yet being present in the sense of the mirror and the huntsman, it has the hospitality of the dwarves and their forewarning to Snow White to watch out for her stepmother, portraying the fact that when Snow White does let her step mother in it is completely because of her own weakness. I also like the fact that in the end Snow White gets her prince and her step mother comes the wedding to meet her demise for being so evil and jealous. It portrays all the right messages in ways that are easy enough to comprehend yet aren't so obvious that a child wouldn't want to enjoy the fairytale.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Jung and Fairy Tales

Jungian psychology and fairy tales can be correlated together within many different ways. Jung is similar to Freud when it comes with the unconscious mind, the unconscious mind is often related to fairy tales because the most common way that lessons are taught to children in fairy tales is through the unconscious. Fairy tales speak to children and send them messages in ways that they don't fully understand, as children grow they recognize more and more but within the early stages of their life they are learning mostly from unconscious lessons that are given to them through things like fairy tales. Jung focuses a lot on the aspect of dreams and, mysticism and since fairy tales are somewhat like the distant relative of myths which are directly correlated with mysticism they are often related to each other.
Jung goes into the idea that fairytales have Psyche which represents the self within them, for instance Jung talks ago the ego, libido, personal, shadow, and self all being involved within the unconscious the Psyche which can be found within the common fairy tale. Another point that Jung makes when saying that the unconscious plays a role within fairy tales, is that all characters within fairy tales involve archetypes which always unconsciously represent something to the children. For instance The Wise Old Man in fairy tales which is present in the beginning often is taken out of the picture, and this can often relate to different children's unconscious in many different ways, depending on the child's sociocultural situation.