Hard Work Will Make Dreams Come True. This Popular Philosophy,

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Hard work will make dreams come true. This popular philosophy, the basis of the American Dream, places the success or failure of an endeavor solely on that individual’s shoulders. It completely disregards forces beyond a person’s control that can have a huge impact on the result, and assumes that if the individual fails, he/she did not work hard enough, which is not necessarily true. An initial reading of Helen Oyeyemi’s tale “Be Bold, Be Bold, But Not Too Bold” in her novel Mr. Fox would reveal that no matter how hard someone works, dreams do not always come true. However, reading the source fairy tale entitled “Bluebeard” reveals that sometimes bad things happen because of the gender role inequalities that leave those at the bottom…show more content…
The fact that the sister was willing to marry him based off his wealth indicates the gender roles already present. In “Bluebeard,” Bluebeard has great power over his wife. When he leaves to take care of business, he leaves her the keys to all of the various rooms and strongboxes, where all of his gold, silver, and jewels were stored and he tells her to “[g]o wherever you wish” (189). The fact that Bluebeard had just given her the keys for this occasion indicates that she normally did not have access to all of these places. This action indicates that her life with her husband was almost prison-like, as she did not even have the freedom to wander through the house as she pleased. By granting her permission to go in various rooms in her house, Bluebeard is shown to be the ultimate authority in the house and in the relationship. Additionally, the names given in “Bluebeard” reveal the power that men have and the lack of power of women. Bluebeard is given a name, while the woman that he marries is not; she is called “the younger of the two sisters” and “his wife,” (189). Her identity is characterized by her relationship to others, and she has no importance or significance as an individual. As Ruddick writes in “Not So Very Blue,” “The namelessness of the wife stresses the ugly truth that once a woman has sworn the marriage vow to a monster like Bluebeard, she loses her identity and is
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