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Everyone’s Got Their Room Full of Bodies

Maria Tatar explains the relevance of the Bluebeard stories to 17th and 18th century society by stating that this was a time “where women married at a relatively young age, where the mortality rate for women in childbirth was high, and where a move away from home might rightly be charged with fears about isolation, […]

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The Effects of Blue Beards on Women(A Study on the Reactions of an Effective Heroine)

The poor blue bearded man just wants a wife! And seems to have a personal vendetta against the young girls of the town. He traps them, marries them, and then proceeds to test each and everyone of them.  Those that fail, and there have been many, are soullessly slaughtered and left to hang on the […]

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Hey! Women can save the day too!

A somewhat unknown fairy tale, Bluebeard is the story of a man who lures beautiful women into marrying him, tempt them by leaving them alone and saying they can go into any room they want except one, and kills them once they betray his trust and enter the room in which they are not allowed […]

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Heroines(?)

The two heroines of “Bluebeard” and “Fitcher’s Bird” experience very similar circumstances, but their escapes are the defining characteristics to each story. Both nameless figures use their cunning and skill to finagle their way out of the tight spot that the Bluebeard character has them in. The differences in the ways in which they attain […]

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Never Trust a Guy You Just Met…..

In Maria Tatars Introduction of “Bluebeard”, she suggests that especially for girls in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, “Bluebeard” could be seen as a cautionary tale, describing the fears in girls concerning marriage – especially arranged marriages to men they hardly knew. In her introductions she states that during this time period in Europe, “women […]

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Curiosity Killed the…Wife?

In Perrault’s “Bluebeard”, a tale of arranged marriage becomes a nightmare.  A woman is married to a man called Bluebeard, who while travelling invites his new bride to explore the house and indulge in all the gold, silver, and jewels he keeps locked away.  He gives her the keys to every room in the house, […]

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Compassion and Compulsion

“ Beauty and the Beassiot” by Jeanne-Marie deBeaumont and “The Tiger’s Bride,” Angela Carter’s interpretation of the classic tale,  both are similar in the sense that beautiful daughters face the consequences for their father’s actions by confronting a magical “Beast.” The differences however are apparent in the messages shown throughout each tale in addition to […]

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Realistic Roses

Fairy tales rarely display realistic circumstances, and they especially refuse to display believable characters.  In the two short stories “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Tiger’s Bride,” only the first follows the usual pattern of a fairy tale.  The second, in contrast, uses a similar base tale and tells it in such a way as […]

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Beauty and the Instruction Manual for Young Girls.

            The cliché of the evil stepsister, or in the case of Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont evil sisters, is one present in many fairy tales.  The sisters serve as the driving force against the girl named Beauty.  Fairy tales have been known to have messages and […]

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

It isn’t always fair to judge somebody just by what they look like before you even take the time to get to know who they really are. In De Beaumont’s “Beauty and the Beast”, Beauty initially judges Beast by his overall appearance, before even giving him a chance to let her know who he truly […]

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