Bluebeard as a
Hero?? VILLAN !!!
:: Which of the Bluebeard Tales we have read did you like the most ? WHY? Please elaborate and include quotes from the tale to prove your point of view::
"'Bluebeard' stands virtually alone among fairy tales in its depiction of marriage as an institution haunted by the threat of murder (Tatar, p.139). " Reading this in the Introduction to Bluebeard sparked my interest and got me looking forward to reading this tale. Out of all the versions, my least favorite was Perrault's Bluebeard because Bluebeard never followed through with the threat of murder towards his wife (stated in the above quote) which ultimately left the story flat and uninteresting. I mean if Bluebeard is really the villan he should follow through with his title and not prolong the threat in saying "I will give you a quarter of an hour but not a moment more (Tatar, p.146)" when the wife asks to pray one last time before she dies. Of course the wife is going to find a way to escape!
Grimm's Fitcher's Bird was what caught my attention and kept me reading. However disturbing and gruesome the tale may seem, it was actually pretty interesting- reminding me of the horror movies and serial killer movies that are shown today. It was pretty obvious that Grimm decided against the whole 'the villan must die !' theme and actually gave the character some backbone as he followed through with his threats. Fitcher's Bird otherwise referred to Bluebeard as a 'sorccerer' and instead murdered two of his wives who happened to be sisters! - he had some nerve. (The thrird sister was however clever enough to avoid such tragedy).
Overall, version that interested me the most in my opinion seemed to be dependent upon how 'Bluebeard' was developed as a character. Was he a dog with all bark and no bite? or Was he truly a murderous villain?