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.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The tale of Bluebeard is one that is dark and with almost a scary plot. I enjoyed reading all versions of Bluebeard. This story is one that would be difficult for Disney to make a children’s version of due to it bland but mysterious plot. It can be frightening to think that a wife knowing her husband so well, but really not at all. My favorite version of the Bluebeard tales is Charles Perrault’s story known as Bluebeard. At the beginning of this tale, Bluebeard who is very wealthy comes across as a very kind loving person who asks a beautiful girl for his hand in marriage. I like how Perrault portrays him as such a kind man. Little does the wife know, he has his very dark secrets. I also like the ending how the her brothers come to her rescue and take the life of Bluebeard. Out of the versions of Bluebeard, this one was my favorite, but out of all the stories we have read in class Bluebeard is my least favorite. It is a very straightforward tale and does not have a lot of twists and action. Bluebeard makes me think of a simplistic horror film with no juicy things to it.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Blog Entry #6
In the music video that Rammstein performs they use symbols and motives that evolve around the fairy tale Snow White. It is not the typical story of Snow White that people are familiar with. In some ways it is similar and in many ways it is different. Most people remember Snow White in need of a home or shelter to get away from her evil step mother, in Rammstein’s case it is the gold she is in need for. Snow White is portrayed as a gold addict and uses the gold as a drug that the band members or ‘seven dwarves’ mine throughout the video. Throughout the video if Snow White does not get her fix of gold she punishes the ‘seven dwarves’ but when she does get her gold she rewards the ‘dwarves’ in favors such as letting them comb her hair. Just as Snow White is in need of her drug or gold the ‘dwarves’ are just as much in need of her comfort and love. In the end the ‘dwarves’ return home and find their love in a bath tub which she has overdosed in. Just like in the Snow White versions we have read in class, they place her in a class casket and take her to the top of the mountain. Snow White comes back to life in the classic versions and in the Rammstein video. Snow White comes back to life when an apple falls from a tree and saves her life rather than taking her life in other versions from the evil stepmother.
Personally, I enjoy the classic versions of Snow White, such as Grimm’s and Disney’s versions. The Rammstein video has a different meaning behind it other than Snow White. The band had a very modernized version of Snow White which was slightly far-fetched for my liking. It was an interesting video to watch and had different meanings behind it than the actual Snow White itself.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Blog Entry #5
When reading, watching, listening to fairy tales you cannot thoroughly enjoy them without having an imagination. Fairy tales and the Jungian psychoanalysis meet when discussing things about the unconscious. Everyone’s first reaction or gut reaction is to see the hero or villain over come his or her troubles through human based qualities. With fairy tales it forces the audiences to come to terms with the unconscious and transform its detailed structures to consciousness. Individuals must modify there unconscious and bring forth there ego-conscious. Dr.Mazeroff’s iceberg model is an easy way to relate this Jungian theory to fairy tales. At the top, the conscious level, those are the things we automatically think. At the bottom of the iceberg, the unconscious level, this is where fairy tales come into place. When we enter our unconscious we display our selfish needs, violent motives, and shameful experiences, etc. When hearing or reading fairy tales we almost always enter this realm of the unconscious after reading the title. Fairy tales bring forth symbols that have specific meanings that relate to all of us. When examining these symbols we must wrap our minds around what these things really mean.
Blog Entry #4
Box Tree Studio
This cartoon of Little Red Riding Hood was the typical children story with the main moral not to talk to strangers. Little Red Riding Hood was sent along her was to get some things for her grandmother and was told not to talk to anyone along the way. Like most tales, the wolf,who was a cute little wolf in this cartoon, approached her as she was picking flowers. The wolf found out that she was heading to her grandmothers house and since the wolf knew the forest well, he took a shortcut to the house. He gobbled up Little Red’s grandmother and waited for her to show up. After Little Red Riding Hood came to the house and realized that her grandmother was a wolf, she ran out of the house. Unlike most tales of Little Red Riding Hood, this cartoon had a woodcutter who was a man save both Little Red Riding Hood. He also saved the grandmother by tackling the wolf and she popped out, yet a bit smelly.
This social cartoon of Little Red Riding Hood was mainly for the children audience. It was not graphic and the wolf did not have an intimidating look. I did find it interesting that is had the male or the woodcutter save not one, but both of the females in this story. This is one of the only versions of Little Red Riding Hood that had a man involved to save Red and her grandmother. The Story of Grandmother and Charles Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood, and most others had Little Red Riding Hood find a was to trick the wolf and get away or the wolf gobbling her up in the end.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Blog Entry #3
One very famous fairy tale that has a child as the hero is Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack is a young boy who lives with his widowed mother and are very poor. They live in a small house and there only food supply is a cow. One morning the cow stops supplying milk and so Jack sells the cow for beans. The beans that he traded were magical beans grew a very tall beanstalk with a giant that lives at the top. Jack was very brave and was the hero in this tale because his bravery helped him sneak up the beanstalk and get gold and even a chicken that laid gold eggs.
Another fairy tale with a child that is a hero in my eyes is Thumbelina. She is born out of a flower and is a tiny fairy. She goes through many hardships after being kidnapped by a toad. She struggles to survive throughout the winters after no one she meets will fully help her. She finally meets a fairy prince and she marries him. This fairy tales portrays Thumbelina as a young girl that can live on her own and make it in the end and marry a prince and live happily ever after.
Freud thought that when children are the hero of a fairy tale that children could easier relate to the story. It gives children the hope that they need, such as a little girl marrying a prince or a little boy taking on a giant. For adults it can take them back to there childhood days, but at the same time dig deeper and relate to the true meaning of the fairy tales.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Fairy tales and folk tales have been around for thousands of years. They are stories that have imaginary and magical beings or lands. These tales are made up from experiences or dreams from where they have been originated. Fairy tales have enchanted not only children but also adults from around the world. Each tale has different motifs and meanings that individuals can relate to or identify with. They teach us lessons early in life how to contrast between good and bad or the hero and the villain. There is no single answer of who a person will relate too, it is not always the hero. Fairy tales are full of magic and fantasy. These imaginary plots and magical characters educate children about different morals or hardships that they may encounter at some point in life. Looking deeper into fairy tales, adults can examine and learn about some of the different abstract meanings of these tales. People can identify with fairy tales from all around the world, such as the concept of love, or to respect your elders.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Folk tales and Fairy tales have been around for hundreds of years and almost all are known and told around the world. I chose this course to dig deeper into the meaning of the tales that are passed down around the world by asking Who? What? Where? When? and Why? What is the main reason of these folk tales and fairy tales? They are not just fascinating for children, they have morals and core values for people of all ages throughout the world. By the end of this course my goal is to not just go back to my childhood with these fairy tales, but to learn the meaning behind them and the correlation between these historic tales. My favorite fairy tale of all time would have to be Beauty and the Beast. With all of the new age cosmo/hollywood glamour of how people should look. Beauty and the Beast has a great story to it and simply tells the audience to look at what is inside.