Monday, May 13, 2013
This semester was an adventure that discovered all of the functions, myths, and meanings of numerous fairy tales. We learned the differences of fairy tales throughout various cultures. It was fascinating going back to my childhood and learning the true meanings of what was already thought to be established. Personally, I had no clue that fairy tales had such a deep meaning, taking people into there own unconscious. After learning how to interpret and analyze fairy tales I will be able to view these tales like the lay person would have a difficult time doing. Being a senior, out of all of the classes I have taken at McDaniel this course was easily one of the most fascinating. The readings and books required for this class were great. They were very interesting topics. Sometimes it got difficult taking all of the different meanings of each fairy tale into account. Overall, I would recommend this class to anyone. The guest speakers were perfect, they all had great topics and shared an abundance of interesting information. I would like to say thank you to Dr Esa for sharing your wealth of knowledge about fairy tales.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Native American stories are stories that are passed down generation from generation. They are very unique because when written on paper, they are word for word when the story was orally told. These stories are typically passed down orally from the leader or chief of different tribes or nations. They have meaning of truth, when one of the storytellers passes a story on, it is typically about of dream and the Native American people take these stories very literally. When looking at European origins they are similar to Native American stories because they are passed down, and have different morals and meanings. One thing that is unique about the Native American stories is that a lot of them are about how things were made to be. For example, the story we discussed in class, How Men and Women Got Together. This story is very similar to Adam and Eve and how people started learning about the opposite sex. For me personally, I thoroughly enjoyed reading these Native American stories, because they were so different. While reading these tales it made me feel like I was lost in the story, the same as watching a movie at the movie theatre. I like how when theses stories are transformed into a hard copy or put on paper they are just like how they were orally shared. The Native American tales have not only morals but they teach children, and even remind of adults of who there ancestors are how they got to be where they are now.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Blog Entry #8
Pretty Woman is a classic film that based on the fairy tale Cinderella. It is about a woman (Julia Roberts) that is struggling through life to try and earn a dollar. She pursues to take on prostitution and one night meets the man of her dreams who is a hard working, very wealthy lawyer. They get to know each other and live happily ever after. This “rags to riches” story is a good one and portrays the story of Cinderella that everyone knows.
You hear of real life Cinderella stories happening everywhere all over the world. Whether it is a story about a person that had struggles as a child and makes it into a professional sport or a child to be the first to go to college and make a lot of money in a family. It may not be real magic or, marriage, but it is special things and it may seem or feel like magic. It is real and happens to many lucky people. The plot of the movie Pretty Woman can happen, but is a very exaggerated version of real life stories.