The Blue Beared Essay

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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, many women characters in fairytales has more power and influence than men characters and through the stories, children are able to think woman and man has equal ability.The Blue Beard story is short, there was once a man who wealthy, but this man was so unlucky as to have a blue beard, which made him so frightfully ugly that all the women and girls ran away from him. One of his neighbors, had two daughters who were perfect beauties and he desired of her one of them marry. But, they didn't want to marry with him cause he has blue beard and also, he already had been married to several wives, and nobody what had become of them. One of the sisters married with him and they lived together without any problem until he go to journey. Before he go to journey, he gave all of the room keys to her and said " you can go any rooms but don't open the little closet and if you happen to open it, you may expect my just anger and resentment." She promised to observe, very exactly, whatever he had ordered. Nevertheless, she was so much pressed by her curiosity and she opened it. She saw several dead women and these were all the wives whom Blue Beard had married and murdered, one after another. After bluebeard came back, she acted she didn't open the little closet that he forbid. But, he did realize she opened the closet and she saw the dead bodies in a few days. He got angry to her and decided to kill her. She asked to give a little time for prayers before die for make a time and he gave a half a quarter of an hour to her. After that, she became almost die but her brothers save her and killed bluebeard. After his death, she got all of his fortune and married with another man.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. Because, always two types of women in fairy tales, one of types is always beautiful, innocent, weak and passive and the other type is bed looking, wicked and active. Moreover, the beautiful heroines always got helped from heroic prince or the other man character and defeat the wicked woman. Also, most of the beautiful heroines waiting for the prince's relief and it shows unbalanced duty of man and woman.In The Blue Beard, the heroine has...

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