Monday, May 7, 2012

blog 14

Through this semester I learned a lot about fairy tales, much more than I ever expected I could. In the beginning of the class we read and analyzed fairy tales that many people were familiar with through Disney or through bedtime stories. Going into this class I already knew about the Grimm versions of many of these European tales but through the class I learned about the many other versions of each tale. Every fairy tale was unique in its own way and each pertaining to the zeitgeist of the place and time it was written. I found it very interesting how each tale was molded differently to fit acceptable social standards of the time period however still maintaining the same frame and plot of the stories.

I also learned about many of the deeper meanings of the fairytales I thought I was familiar with. We analyzed these fairytales from a variety of different viewpoints such as feminist religious social psychological etc. Through these different perspectives I learned that each fairy tale had completely different underlying themes and messages that I did no recognize as a child but have grown to appreciate now looking back at them.

After we analyzed all of the familiar tales we moved on to other European tales that I was not familiar with. We analyzed these tales in a similar fashion as the other. However I did not nearly enjoy these analyses as much. This is because I could not compare the feelings for the stories I had once analyzing them, to the ones from my child hood, because I had not previously read them.

My favorite part of the course was the guest lecturers and all of the tales we learned about from around the world. I really enjoyed how each culture had their own unique fairy and folk tales but all of the tales shared similarities and motifs. Growing up reading only “western” fairy tales, I think the experience of reading the fairy tales from all other places in the world was extremely interesting and eye opening. We learned so much about a culture simply through their fairy and folktales I never previously thought that so much information can be extracted from a single tale.