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.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with your opinion that in fairy tales the Princess rises from rags to riches due to the useful aid of magic. Each of your examples back up this idea nicely, especially when describing Cinderella's Fairy Godmother. The Fairy Godmother granted Cinderella all of these beautiful things so she could attend the ball, meet the prince, and marry into his wealthy family. Your examples about Beauty in the Beast and Sleeping Beauty are also accurate and well said.