This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Charles Perrault's Blue Beard Essay

1270 words - 6 pages

Analysis of Blue Beard by Charles Perrault
Introduction
Bluebeard, a fairytale by Perrault, is about an affluent man who is known and revered on account of his despicable blue beard. Even though he has had several wives, their whereabouts are a source of mystery. As such, Bluebeard purposes to persuade one of his neighbor’s daughters to take his hand in marriage. Eventually, his efforts pay off and he ends up tying the knot with one of his neighbor`s daughters. After some time has passed in their marital union, Bluebeard announces to his wife that he must set off on an important journey. Before commencing on his journey, he gives the castle`s keys to his wife and the liberty of having access to all the rooms apart from a single room. However, his wife overwhelmed with curiosity goes against her husband`s instructions. As soon as she opens the door to the forbidden chamber, she stumbles upon the sight of the corpses of Bluebeard`s previous wives dangling on the wall. The horrific sight baffles her and she ends up dropping the key on the floor that is doused in blood. Her attempts to clean the stained key are futile. Circumstantially, Bluebeard makes a surprise return to his castle to find his shaken wife. He then discovers his wife`s unforgiveable mistake and purposes to kill her. Just as Bluebeard is about to strike down his wife, her brothers come to her rescue and kill Bluebeard. Being his closest heir, Bluebeard`s wife inherits his entire property and every one lives happily ever after (as is always the case in most fairytales).
Setting the Stage: a mystery
Even though Bluebeard is a wealthy individual with many properties, both in the country side and in town, he is dreaded by most women courtesy of his blue beard. In contrast, he has married on more than one occasion, but each of his wives eventually disappears. At the instant Perrault exhibits this fact, his audience gets into the realms of suspense and mystery; what could have possibly happened to his previous wives?
The Forbidden chamber
After tying the knot with his neighbor`s younger daughter, Bluebeard announce his intention of setting off on a journey. But before he leaves, he gives the castle`s keys to his wife. He permits her to access all the rooms apart from one. The forbidden chamber and the telltale key are themes which relate to the story of Eve and Adam. Just like Eve gave into the serpent`s temptation and ate the forbidden fruit, Bluebeard`s wife gives into her curiosity and opens the forbidden chamber.
Disobedience: the sullied key
Like the prototypic Eve, most women are considered as curious beings who in spite of their fears, they desire to venture into the forbidden areas. The fear in Bluebeard`s wife manifests itself in her trembling. Nonetheless, she unlocks the door to the hidden room. At this juncture, Perrault prods his audience is to start pondering on the possibility of other rooms being behind the deceptive closet. After opening the door and seeing the...

Find Another Essay On Charles Perrault's Blue Beard

"Female Curiosity" Essay

1518 words - 7 pages marrying a man who had a blue beard. (Perrault). This shows that woman of the time were repressed in their words and thoughts, and this is why Ada uses her piano to express herself. Getting back to the theme of curiosity, I believe this is the most prominent theme in both of the works. Although, in both works, the idea of curiosity has been strewn and portrayed as a punishable womanly thing to do. As an example from Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard

Joseph “The Alligator Man” Ball Essay

1164 words - 5 pages Joe D. Ball born on January 6, 1896 was not a very nice or social able person. Living as a bootlegger in the early 1900’s had more secrets then just illegally selling alcohol. Joe was secretly a murderer, Killing family, friends, and workers. Joe wasn’t always a terrible person, he was part of one of the richest family in Elmendorf but he didn’t stay that way very long because he became known as the alligator man, blue beard, and the butcher of

Mark Twain's Illustrations

4164 words - 17 pages , Charles Webster, up in the publishing business partly to attain more control over the illustrations in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This novel, the first he had complete control of, is a testimony to his love of illustration. Every chapter started with an illustration which consumed one quarter of the page and incorporated the chapter heading and the first word of the chapter as art instead of typeset printed words(130). According to Bruce

Fairytales and Folktales

2921 words - 12 pages door to find the answer to the riddle of the disappearance of his wives; “…After some moments she began to perceive that the floor was all covered over with clotted blood, on which lay the bodies of several dead women, ranged against the walls. (These were all the wives whom Blue Beard had married and murdered, one after another.) She thought she should have died for fear (Tartar 151).” She drops the key which becomes stained with blood; betraying

Mark Twain's Illustrated Books

3401 words - 14 pages illustrations for Huckleberry Finn, he remarked that “the first set of drawings portrayed Huck’s mouth as a ‘trifle more Irishy than necessary’.” (Michelson, 127) In 1885 he set his nephew, Charles Webster, up in the publishing business partly to attain more control over the illustrations in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This novel, the first he had complete control of, is a testimony to his love of illustration. Every chapter started with an

Comparing Characters in Charles Dickens' Bleak House and Great Expectations

1988 words - 8 pages Dynamic and Static Characters in Charles Dickens' Bleak House and Great Expectations   `Bleak House' and `Great Expectations' are novels in which Charles Dickens develops a range of characters whose behavior, although dramatic, is somewhat far-fetched and implausible. However, it is precisely this implausibility, which allows Dickens to make powerful statements indicative of the condition of Victorian England. Dickens has a flair for

Imagination is Necessary for Development: An Examination of Imaginary Escapism in Children’s Literature

1790 words - 8 pages transported to a new world. He goes on to have many strange adventures in lands that really only exist in his imagination. Through his experiences in the Lands Beyond, his outlook on life changes. When he arrives back home, “he noticed somehow that the sky was a lovely shade of blue…the tips of the trees held pale, young buds and the leaves were a rich deep green…his thoughts darted eagerly about as everything looked new- and worth trying

change

2861 words - 12 pages , proposing future pastures. I burned them with the man that painted them" (Crace, 206). By Walter burning the two pictures it symbolized moving forward and not dwelling on the past. It gave him hope that he will find the perfect place that he had been dreaming of. The symbol of crops illustrated the simplicity of the past. The land was full of beautiful trees and the sky was always blue. “I dream of plow and oxen, furrows, grain” (Crace, 138

Wallace Stevens

3441 words - 14 pages In the essay “Why Stevens Must Be Abstract,” Charles Altieri says “Stevens realized that the abstraction he desired on the level of content might be possible without the traps of ideology, if he could adapt to poetry the testimonial, self-referential dimension of art explored in painting. An art that enacts what it asserts can be said to finesse ideology, because its assertions do not depend on relating to the world through propositional, or

Women in Pre-1914 Prose

2305 words - 9 pages , exaggerated, nasty, sense of story. A macabre type of humour, the in excess sense of exaggeration of a golden rolling pin, and a silver pie dish, is in contrast with the cannibalism of the story. Captain Murderer is a gross character, like blue beard, or the giant in popular fairy stories. The appeal of the story is the menacing ritual that is described 3 times, "The herbs for the house lamb" "The blood red spots

Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev

3076 words - 12 pages , Siberia, on February 7, 1834. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy was the son of Maria Dmitrievna Korniliev and Ivan Pavlovitch Mendeleev and the youngest of 14 children. Dmitri's father, Ivan died when Dmitri was still very young and Dmitri's mother, Maria was left to support her large family. Maria needed money to support all her children, so she took over managing her family's glass factory in Aremziansk. The family had to pack up and move there

Similar Essays

The Blue Beared Essay

965 words - 4 pages The Blue Beard is a French literary fairytale written by Charles Perrault and is one of eight tales by the author first published in January 1697 in Histoires ou Contes du temps passé. Andrea Dworkin in Woman Hating said, most of the heroines in fairytale, only their passive characteristics are embossed to children, and they give a disorted view for women. However, Alison Lurie's view is different. In Don't Tell the Grown Ups, she said

Captain Murderer Essay

697 words - 3 pages story of Snow White and Red Rose. The meeting of twins is the beginning of the end for Captain Murderer. ‘Captain Murderer went on his way prospering exceedingly until he came to choose a bride from two twin sisters.’ Charles Dickens uses a typical dark and fair twin’s pair in a children’s story that’s based on the sister in Blue Beard. Charles Dickens successfully shows the reader that Captain Murderer uses a sick ritual that gives

The Role Of Women In Horror

1793 words - 8 pages complex villain or hero. As the evolution of women begins, the first example that needs to be studied is Charles Perrault’s “Blue Beard,” which was one of the first major horror stories written back in 1680. The short story focuses on the decision of a woman to marry her wealthier neighbor. This decision is difficult, because he is seen as an unusual man with a very distinctive beard that has a blue shading; thus, the name of the story. As the

Exploration Of How Males Are Presented In Victorian Short Stories

1095 words - 4 pages that Dickens describes him as "a wretch". Captain Murderer is also described as a "diabolical character". This contrasts with the phrase "peaceful youth". In addition, the author describes Captain Murderer's ancestors. Dickens tells us that the character is an "offshoot of the Blue Beard family". This shows the reader that Captain Murderer is an obnoxious and despicable character. Dickens has also made a point in line