Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bluebeard

Out of all of this weeks readings for the Bluebeard stories, I would have to say that my favorite one would have to be Joseph Jacobs' "Mr. Fox". The first reasoning behind it is just because for some reason it makes me think about the strong friendship between me and my sister. I don't know if I'm looking too far into the story or if the author meant this at all but I don't care because this is what it means to me. In the beginning of the story, it sets the stage of Lady Mary and her soon to be marriage to Mr. Fox, her favorite of her lovers. The last sentence of the opening paragraph says "Lady Mary asked Mr. Fox where they should live, and he described to her his castle, and where it was; but, strange to say, did not ask her, or her brothers to come and see it" (Jacobs). When I read that last part about Mr. Fox not asking her or her brothers to check out his castle, all I could think of was me and my sister looking out for each other, especially when it comes to relationships. I read that last sentence as if Mr. Fox had not yet passed the sibling test. Whenever my sister is in a relationship, I make sure she knows whether or not I like the guy, and she does the same for me. This guys obviously had something to hide, something that he did not want Mary to know, but also her brothers because he knew that her brothers would protect her. Later, when Mary reveals what Mr. Fox did by showing the young girls hand, her brothers jump to her rescue. Likewise, whenever I am in a pickle, my sister is always one of the first people to come to my defense, and vice versa from me to her. We are always looking out for the best for the other one and when I read this story, even thought it wasn't the main focus, it was probably my favorite aspect of it. What I also liked about it was the strong female role. I see Mary as a true feminist. She is not someone who hates men and things women are better than men, but see's herself as an equal and values the differences between men and women. She is independent, brave, and takes initiative, but she also uses her brothers to help her in the end. The women in the other stories do take initiative, but I do not see them as stong as Mary.
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I really did not dislike any of the stories but the one that I liked the least would have to be Grimm's "Fitcher's Bird". The main reason is because the wizard who was the antagonist actually just legit stole the women who were to live with him. I feel like the ideas of coercion or deception in the other ones make the other stories have more power. In the other 3 stories, the evil men make themselves appear what they are not and use trickery while in this one the wizard just flat out steals the girls.

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