I partiticipate in Project Disney from time to time. As you know Project Disney covers the original novels or fairy tales the became Disney movies, but every so often I like to read fairy tales that have not yet became Disney movies so that is when this feature will come in handy. This feature covers original stories by Grimm, Hans Christina Anderseon, etc that have not been made into Disney movies. If there is a movie that I can find based on the tale I will review that also.
Author: Charles Perrault
Source: Project Gutenberg or Read it Here
Read: April 29th, 2014
Summary (from Goodreads):
My Thoughts (spoiler free):
As with most of original fairy tales I will have to make this review short for there is not much I can say without spoiling.
As normal there is always an aching questions in fairy tales that are never answer. Why did bluebeard feel the need to kill his wives? is always one that comes to mind for me. As usual there is little character development. Sure we get the point that Bluebeard is a mean man. Sure we get the point that the wife is oblivious to her husband's cruelty. The wife's sister has a name, but the wife herself remains nameless and we get little about her feelings for her husband although she does admire his riches.
There is always room for more in fairy tales. The ending of Bluebeard has little lead up and is very quick ending. There is little explaination to the characters motive and before you can blink the story is over.
I recommend reading Bluebeard, only a few short pages, but quite a story.
Bluebeard took the mother, her daugthers, and a few of their friends on a vacation for the week. While on their vacation they played merry games and though no specific romantic relationship really formed. The youngest daughter begun to warm up to Bluebeard discovering he was a worthy man. Upon their return they were married.
After their marriage Bluebeard announced that he must go on a journey that will last 6 weeks. He gives her the keys to his house and tells her to entertain herself while he is gone by inviting over her friends and family. Bluebeard explains
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The wife's friends and family arrive as soon as Bluebeard leaves. The wife loves Bluebeard's riches, but she is curious about what is behind the forbidden door. The phrase curiosity killed the cat comes to mind. The wife is extremely rude and is so curious for the closet that she leaves her guests to find out. She opens the door to find the heads of several wives and the floor covered with blood. She gasps in shock and drops the key. Once she has regained her composure she picks up the key covered with blood. As hard as she tries to clean the key the blood will not come off for the key is enchanted and once one side is clean the other side is filled. The wife hides the key.
Bluebeard returns early and the next day asks for his keys back. The wife gives him all the keys besides the one for the closet. Bluebeard is quick to notice that the key is missing. The wife retrieves it for him. Then Bluebeard questions his wife as to why it is covered with blood. She replies I do not know, innocently. Bluebeard tells his wife that for disobeying him she will prepare to reside with the other
She begs for mercy and when there is none to be had asks for time to pray. Upstairs she calls to her sister, Anne. Tell my brothers to come to me. She calls to Anne several times that day from her tower. Do you see anybody coming? Several time the answer is no. The quarter of an hour is up and Bluebeard is growing impatient with his wife. Finally when she can see that her brothers are close and she can not delay her death no longer she mounts the stairs. As Bluebeard is about to kill her, her brothers burst through the door and kill Bluebeard.
With no heir's Bluebeard's wife takes over his fortune. She gives some of it to her sister Anne so that she can married to a handsome gentlemen she had loved long ago. She bought Captain's Commissions for her two brothers. And with the rest of the fortune married herself to a worthy man. She would never forget her miserable days with Blue Beard.
As I mentioned above I don't quite understand why Blue Beard felt the need to kills his wives. The
Overall this story is very interesting and I see why Disney or any other movie making company has not made a movie on Blue Beard. I don't think there is a way to make this story, lighter or more cheerful. The husband kills his wives for no apparent reason.
Have you read Blue Beard? What did you think? What original fairy tale would you like me to cover next?
*As per usual I do not own any of the artwork showcased in this post. If there is picture that you do not want to be featured on this blog or the credit wrong shoot me an email and I will get it taken down or fixed immediately. I did not want to feature too much artwork for this post because it is all very creepy.*
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This will be one of my last posts for Fairy Tale Fortnight. I did not get as much up as I wanted to during the event, but I enjoyed myself immensely and will be excited for the event to come back again next year. My TBR pile needs a break from all this fairy tale madness. I need the year just to get my TBR pile back to a manageable level.