The two versions of Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard” that we read in class were “Fitcher’s Bird” and “Robber Bridegroom”. All three fairytales follow the same plot line. They tell the tale of a female protagonist who save themselves from an evil man who they have already married or are about to marry.
These tales share some similarities and differences. The similarity between the tales is the curiosity of the women. “Curiosity killed the cat.” The women in “Fitcher’s Bird” and “Bluebeard” are given tasks and orders to not enter one specific room, but their curiosity got the best of them. Another similarity is that the women saved themselves from being killed. In “Bluebeard”, the wife begged for her life as she waited for her brothers to come and save her. In “Fitcher’s Bird”, the woman saves her sisters and the man is burned alive in his home. The girl saves herself in “Robber Bridegroom” by escaping home to tell her father what had happened. The father sends guards to catch the thief. The difference between the tales is the men. In “Bluebeard”, the man is a rich but ugly man. In “Fitcher’s Bird”, he is a sorcerer. In “Robber Bridegroom”, he is a prince.
These tales are unique and different from any other Grimm tale. They portray the dark
side of marriage. The prince is not the reward or happily ever after. He is not the happy, rich, and loving man that they want. The tales express the idea of marrying a nightmare.
Out of the three tales, my favorite was “Robber Bridegroom”. I liked it because it was so different from the previous Brothers Grimm tales we have read. I liked that there was no magic, which made the tale more realistic and relatable. The prince turned out to be a beast, which is something that we are not used to. My favorite part was the way in which the princess went about telling the bridegroom that she knew his real self. Telling him that she had a “dream” and then showed him the finger was creative and unique.
It was fun to read tales that were different and expressed different ideas and characters then we are used to.