Saturday, March 30, 2013

Blog Post #7: Bluebeard as a Villain

     Out of the four Bluebeard tales we read, I liked "Mr. Fox" the most.  I liked this one the most because the woman, Lady Mary, exposed Mr. Fox as a murderer with her own cleverness and saved countless other women from having the same fate.  In "Bluebeard" and "Fitcher's Bird" the woman relied on her relatives to defeat Bluebeard.  In "The Robber Bridegroom" and "Mr. Fox", the woman was presented as stronger and wittier and defeated the villain of the own accord.  I liked both stories, but I preferred "Mr. Fox" over "The Robber Bridegroom."  This is because as the woman is telling her "dream", Mr. Fox continues to negate everything she says and tries to discourage her from telling the rest of the story that exposes him.  However, despite Mr. Fox's attempts to dissuade her, she finds the strength to not be influenced by him and continue her story.  I liked how she was able to overcome her fears and defeat Mr. Fox.  This aspect is not found in any of the other stories.
     My least favorite tales are "Bluebeard" and "Fitcher's Bird", but out of those two I would have to say my absolute least favorite is "Fitcher's Bird".  In both of these tales, the woman are saved by relatives.  They are not strong enough to defeat the villain themselves.  In "Bluebeard" the woman postpones Bluebeard from killing her, but in "Fitcher's Bird", the women can't even keep themselves alive.  Even though they are brought back to life later in the story, they still allow themselves to be killed by the villain.  I do not like the weakness of the women in "Fitcher's Bird."  Their characters are not admirable.



    These tales are different from all the other ones because it is like a horror story.  It has serial killers, dead bodies, and gore.  Such images were "blood reflected the bodies of several dead women hung up on the walls" (Tartar 145) and "chopped her head off on the block, and hacked her into pieces so that her blood flowed all over the floor" (Tartar 149).  The fact that there are detailed violent murders in each tale makes it different.  While there is a happy ending, readers are left with a graphic image of death that is rarely found in other fairytales.  Also, while most other fairytales focus on the power of love and marriage, the Bluebeard tales focus on the dangers of marriage.  In each story, the woman is engaged to a man who she discovers is a murderer.  It depicts the threatening aspects of marriage.  Lastly, he family comes to the aid of the women in each tale rather than try to kill or trick her, as is frequently seen in other fairytales.  In "Bluebeard", the woman's sister and two brothers came to help her.  It says, "The gate was opened, and two horsemen, swords in hand, dashed in and made straight for Bluebeard.  He realized that they were the brothers of his wife..." (Tartar 147).



Tartar, Maria, ed.  The Classic Fairy Tales.  New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1999.  Print.

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