Summary Of ' The Tale '

1386 WordsDec 18, 20166 Pages
Fairytales, often created with an educational purpose, are regarded as cautionary tales. In Perrault’s Bluebeard, the tale demonstrates one of those cautionary tales against bad virtues, which is this case, against curiosity and temptation. Originated for oral tradition as many other classical fairy tales, Bluebeard has various versions about its original inspirational story. Among different theories, the interpretation of Bluebeard’s origin as a women story particularly stands out as it not only sheds light on women’s living environment in traditional society in Middle Ages, but also provides a feminine perspective of the story’s significance. Despite the cautionary aspect, Bluebeard, told from mother to daughters through generations and generations, reflects practical consequences of marriage in real life. Due to a lack of protective measures, women are likely to die when they give birth to children. Hence, the notion that the marriage and death are closely associated is so prevalent and even deeply rooted in women’s mind that “mothers warned their daughters that marriage could be deadly since you could be killed by your husband with the simple act of becoming pregnant by him”. On the other hand, Charlotte Bronte’s works have a strong color of romantic feminism. Deeply influenced by Byron, Bronte molds Edward Rochester, the protagonist in Jane Eyre, a typical Byronic hero with a melancholy characteristic who has a strong inclination of individual rebellion against
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