Sunday, February 26, 2012

blog 5

 In both stories the god or spirit had a strong love for the youngest child but decided to conceal their true identity in fear that the youngest child would not love them anymore. Once the youngest child disobeyed commands by attempting to discover the true identities of their lovers, their lovers disappeared. The youngest children then had to go on different quests in order to find their loves and regain their trust and favor.

The youngest children each went on three different quests.  After they each completed their various tasks they were reunited with their lovers. The god or spirit used these tasks as a test to test the love of the youngest children. Once they were able to complete their tasks this proved that they really loved the god or spirit and that the god or spirit could show their true form around the youngest child and still be loved.  

For class this week we read various versions of the story beauty and the beast.  In this blog post I will be comparing The Frog Princess with Cupid and Psyche. These both fit the beauty and the beast mold and were similar in various ways but also had some subtle differences. For example both of the stories started out with three children of a king the two elder children finding love and the youngest left in sorrow and despair. However once the youngest child found love it was a special type of love not with another human but rather with a god or a spirit.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Blog 4

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This is a social cartoon reflecting little red riding hood shooting the wolf in the head with a gun. I chose this cartoon because I thought it was funny and it related to the Roald Dahl adaptation to the fairy tale in which little red riding hood shoots the wolf. This cartoon symbolizes a modern take on the classical Red Riding Hood fairytale. Society at the time when this fairy tale was originally written woman were very passive and did not have much say in society. The original fairy tale mirrors this by making little red riding hood extremely passive throughout the entire story. She listens to everything the wolf says and does not and cannot think on her own. In the end of the fairy tale the she ultimately succeeds by again being passive and letting the hunter come and save her.  

This cartoon, by Steve Bright, depicts the exact opposite of the socialization present in the original. Instead the carton depicts the practices in today’s society where woman know that being passive does not always work but instead they need to take matters into their own hands and do things themselves. The fact the little red riding hood had a gun and shoots the wolf exemplifies how in modern society the notion of passive female has all but dissolved and they can be just as capable as men. I liked this cartoon a lot because it shows the importance of teach children about gender equality and that being helpless will never get you anywhere.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Blog 3

Since the origin of fairy tales readers have been attempting to understand a deeper meaning to the seemingly elementary text. The reader might wonder why so many fairy tales have similar elements and what functions do they serve. One method used to uncover these deeper meanings is through psychological analysis of the fairy tales. Through this intricate analysis the reader can comprehend the true purpose of the fairy tales and their effect on the inner consciousness.  
There have been various psychological theorists who have applied their own unique psychoanalysis to fairy tales. The two most prominent psychologists were Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Although both very prominent in their analyses, they each had a varying standpoint and technique. For example Jung was more focused on the effect of fairy tales collectively on all people while Freud was focused on the effects on individuals.
Jung believed that every fairy tale needed to have archetypes. Archetypes are symbols or elements in fairy tales that every human can identify with and has an emotional response to. He believed that all humans had a collective unconscious that stemmed from a primal memory. This unconscious caused all people reading the fairy tales to have similar emotional responses to similar archetypes in every fairy tale regardless of their time, culture, or geography.
Freud’s theories focused on the individuals responses to fairy tales. He believed that each person had their own unique response to the fairy tales based on their own inner self. According to his theory there were three distinct subdivisions of the human mind. The Id was the part of the mind focused on pleasure and was often irrational, the Ego was focused on rational ways to get what one desires, and the Super Ego was focused on the morality of ones decision to acquire what they desired.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Blog post 2

Fairy tales are derived from the oral tradition of every culture throughout time. They play an integral role in the culture of a society serving various important functions. Since they are passed down through oral tradition there is no single author but rather a new author through each new reinvention of the work.  Fairy tales are unique in the fact that each time the story is retold it is molded to fit the zeitgeist of the audience. However the main morphology and themes of the tale stay consistent. These structures are known as archetypes and they serve as the constant backbone of the story even if the details change.
 Essential elements that are consistent throughout fairy tales include a strong influence on magic, fantasy, and enchanted beings. Almost all fairy tales also incorporate main characters such as a hero, villain, and helpers along the way. Fairy tales differ from most other work of fiction in that although they contain elements of the fantastic, they are written in a bland and dry manner that does not deviate from the direct point. There is no poetic language or vivid descriptions of events rather just exactly what is occurring. There is also no internal narration of the characters thoughts or actions.
Despite having unrealistic magical elements fairy tales are meant to be read in a literal, face-value sense in which the reader does not question the occurrences but just accepts them to be facts. Another unique function of fairy tales is although they do not seem to be possible in the real world they often serve as a relatable solution to real world problems.  Many times fairy tales function as a didactic form of literature that people can utilize in their own lives.