Sunday, October 5, 2014

Blog Entry 6

        After looking through my classmate’s blogs, I’ve decided that my favorites are Kristen Upton’s and Tabitha Schade’s. Both blogs are full of pictures and have cute, colorful background themes. Both blogs have posts that are easy, and enjoyable, to read. I love that both blogs are detailed and have a great presentation. All in all, these two blogs stood out to me.

        Some blogs that seemed to be lacking in the creativity department all seemed to share common issues. Many blogs consist of little to no pictures. Their writings are not in depth and they are extremely simple. Another common issue is that a good amount of classmates are missing their blogs and aren’t keeping up with the assignments.

        My favorite blog entry would have to be Kristen Upton’s. Her first blog entry, like everyone else’s, was to answer the following questions: Why did you choose this course as your FYS? What are you hoping to accomplish in the seminar? What is your favorite fairytale? Why? Kristen answered all of the questions in a creative way and kept me interested throughout the whole post. I could tell that she really felt passionate toward what she was writing about and her love for fairytales, and excitement for the class, was obvious even after the first paragraph. 

        Overall, the class seems to be doing well on the blogs. There can always be improvements, but so many are already doing so well. We just have to make sure we’re adding pictures, elaborating on subjects, and turning them in altogether!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Blog Entry 5

        The Grimm’s fairytale and the Disney version of Snow White have plenty in common, and yet have plenty to set them apart. 

In both stories, the evil witch/stepmother asks the mirror on the wall who is the fairest one of all. The mirror replies with a rhyme about Snow White being the fairest one of all. The evil witch/stepmother is so threatened by this that she orders the huntsman to take Snow White into the forest and kill her, and bring back an organ(s) as proof. The huntsman can’t bring himself to kill her so spares her life and tells her to run away. She stumbles upon a cottage in the woods that belongs to the dwarves and falls asleep in their beds. She cooks and cleans for them, the witch finds out where she is, deceives her with a red apple, and Snow white takes a bite of the apple and dies. When the dwarves put her in a glass coffin, because they cannot bring themselves to bury her, her prince comes and kisses her to wake her up, and they live happily ever after. 

        In the Grimm’s fairytale, the huntsman brings back a boar’s lungs and liver to trick the queen and she boils the organs and eats them. Later on, the dwarves also only let Snow White stay if she is willing to cook and clean for them. The evil stepmother finds out that Snow White is still alive, and transforms into an old woman, and tries to kill her three times. She tightens stay lace on her, brushes her hair with a poison comb, and mixes up a poison apple; the poison apple ends up killing her.
       In the Disney movie, the huntsman brings back a heart that isn’t Snow White’s to trick the queen. Later on, the forest animals bring Snow White to the dwarves house, and she persuades them to let her stay if she cooks and cleans. The evil queen finds out that Snow White is still alive, and becomes an old woman to try to kill her. She only brings an apple, and when Snow White bites it, she dies.

Disney changed the story to make it more kid and family friendly. In the Disney version, they didn’t include the eating of the lungs because it is disturbing and creepy. They didn’t include all three methods of killing, probably to just get to the point of the poisonous apple.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blog Entry 4

       The motif of a “rise tale” is a common motif in fairytales. The idea is that a girl from a poverty-filled life, or simply a plain life, marries a prince who makes her wealthy and rich. This motif shows up in various fairytales: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, etc.
        In most stories, the princess reaches the marriage status through some form of magic. In Cinderella, the fairy godmother helps Cinderella look presentable for the ball, which then leads to the prince falling for her and wanting to ask her hand in marriage. In Sleeping Beauty, the 12th fairy initially sets a spell on Briar Rose that she may sleep until the 100 years are up and she gets a kiss from the prince. The magic here leads to the princess being saved and marrying the prince. In Beauty and the Beast, the castle has a spell on it, and all the various magical items helps Bell and the Beast to be together and get married. 

       While the magic provides temporary riches and success, it also provides a pathway to marriage to a prince, which results in long-term riches and successes. In Cinderella, Cinderella has a beautiful gown, a horse drawn carriage, and glass slippers while she has the magic working for her; she catches the princes attention, however, and that leads to him asking for her hand in marriage. In Beauty and the Beast, the magical castle gives Bell all the food and books she needs to get along, but marrying the prince causes the riches to be in her life permanently.

While this may be a common fantasy for everyone out there, this isn’t necessarily a realistic expectation. Magic isn’t real, so a person won’t be able to receive assistance from any magical fairy godmothers or anything. The marriage part, however, is very common to receive in every day life. Successes can usually be measured in riches, which tends to be the drive behind many celebrity marriages.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blog Entry 3

        There were many similarities, and many differences, between the MGM version of Hansel and Gretel and the Brothers Grimm version. In both stories, the children venture into the forest and find the witches house. In both stories, the witch feeds Hansel to fatten him up to eat him. And in both stories, Gretel is involved in the witches death and the two of them return home.

  In the Hansel and Gretel fairytale, the children have a stepmother who decides to leave the children in the forest because the family is running low on food. In the MGM version, the children have a mother that gets upset with them for leaving food out for the donkey to eat, and sends them into the forest to find more food. In the Hansel and Gretel fairytale, the children find the witches house, and she locks Hansel up in a cage almost immediately. In the MGM version, the witch lets them into the home, is sweet to them for a while, sends them to bed, and is controlling them by magic. In the Hansel and Gretel fairytale, Gretel pushes the witch into the cauldron which kills her. In the MGM version, Gretel uses the witches magic against her to free Hansel, kill her, and escape. 

  These differences were probably because Disney was trying to make the story more children friendly. If the kids see that the mother simply sent them away as punishment, that may be more socially accepted than a stepmother getting rid of her children.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Blog Entry 2

  Fairytales are magical stories that are passed down generation to generation. They are timeless, they have an action-driven plot, and they consist of social rankings and elements of fantasy.
The Brothers Grimm first created fairytales during the Depression to give people hope and to help them cope with sadness. These original fairytales, however, were too real; they were very depressing as they related to the time period.

Fairytales are accepted worldwide and will always have a special place in the hearts of those who are familiar with them. The idea of instant gratification in these stories calls out to the “id” of our consciousness. The “id” relies solely on instant gratification; it wants what it wants, and all of the unconscious desires that come along with instantaneous gratification. All fairytales have the basic fundamentals: magic, wonder, conflict, and happy endings. All humans want a happy ending, all humans want their desires to be fulfilled, and all humans experience conflict. 

Fairytales have, however, changed over the years; they have been altered with the Brothers Grimm. The Brothers Grimm added Christian motfis, removed sex and violence, and removed some of the harsh lessons that came with the stories. The alterations were due to the fact that the fairytales were directed toward children who grew up learning Christian morals. The fairytales weren’t intended to corrupt them, but to entertain and to teach lessons.

  Fairytales are used to escape; they give readers a fantasy in which they can explore and leave behind reality if only for a little while. These universal stories will live in all of us until the end.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blog Entry 1

        I chose this course for my FYS because I have always loved fairy tales. Bedtime stories were a big part of my childhood; my parents used to read bedtime stories to me and my brother on a daily basis. My mom even made up a few "fairy tales" of her own that she recited to us as regularly as the popular ones. I also thoroughly enjoy watching Disney movies; the movies bring me back to my childhood and they keep the "kid" in me alive. 

        In this class, I hope to better my analysis skills and to educate myself on the origin of fairytales. The last two years of high school have influenced my newfound interest in literary analysis; I took AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition, and both classes relied heavily on literary and textual analysis and class discussions on the material. I hope to use this class to better my discussion skills as well as my textual and literary analysis skills. And, with this new knowledge, I hope to be able to educate my friends and family as well. 

        My favorite fairy tale may be the story of Rapunzel. From what I remember, Rapunzel’s father stole the “rapunzel” plant from the witches garden when Rapunzel’s mother was pregnant with her. When the father was caught, the witch made him promise that he would give her his child. That whole deal always interested me because of the culture behind the trading system; if a man was caught stealing in our society today, he wouldn’t be penalized by giving up a child. 

      The whole fairy tale was simply a wonderful story. It had a great plot, it had romance, it was entertaining and suspenseful, and even became a tragedy with the death of the prince.