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.