Revision of “Bluebeard”: An analysis of Margaret Atwood’s “Bluebeard’s Egg”
Margaret Atwood’s short story, “Bluebeard’s Egg” is a contemporary retelling of the original story “Bluebeard” that is written by Charles Perrault. Atwood’s revision differs from the traditional tale of “Bluebeard” in that it takes place in a modern day setting instead of a fantastical environment, it lacks magical elements and it is a narrative that is told through the third person point of view instead of omniscient. “Bluebeard’s Egg” explores the themes of, infidelity, ingenuity, concealment, and curiosity by shifting the fairy tale into a modern, middle-classed environment so her readers can find it more relatable.
“Bluebeard’s Egg” is told in a third person point of view in order to expose Sally’s mental movements which she has concealed through images of fairy tales and happily-ever-afters. She wants to replace her normal, non-romantic life with her husband Ed to a fantastical one where she is the “princess” (Atwood 772). Shuli Barzilai notes the difference in the narrative perspectives between the two literary texts: “Instead of the omniscience of most fairy-tale narrators, Atwood uses restricted internal focalization” (192). The comment about internal focalization indicates that Sally is the main focus of the story. Since Ed never articulates his point of view Sally’s statement of Ed being stupid is biased. On the other hand, in “Bluebeard” the story is told through an omniscient point of