Instructions for Blog Post #2

During these few classes on fairy tales, we’ve seen three major types: Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, and Bluebeard.  For Blog Post #2, I want to you to answer 1 of the following 3 prompts.  The choices are in no order of importance.

  1. Cultural “texts” can refer to both written and non-written creations.  Movies or television shows, like books, short stories, and poetry, are “texts.”  Nearly anything that conveys meaning can be considered a text.  Your body, the clothes you wear, the tattoo you have, the jewelry you buy–all of this tells others something about you; in short, the body becomes a “text.”  Or your dorm room or your apartment with the types of posters/pictures on the wall, the blanket you have on your couch, the way you’ve designed your living area also tells visitors about you–another “text.”  Thus, most things in the world can be read as texts.  So, Tatar tells us that fairy tales often inspire current “texts,” i.e., movies, books, and television shows.  After reading the Tatar text, you’ve now seen three major types of fairy tales in their historical forms, in their original context, in different cultures and eras, and in re-tellings of the stories.  Can you think of any movies, television shows/episodes, books, short stories, poems, video games, or any popular culture format that utilizes Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, or Bluebeard?  For this option (#1), choose a popular culture “text” that utilizes one of the three fairy tales we’ve read and write about how it makes use of the fairy tale. Be sure to use specific examples from the Tatar text and the popular text of your choice in order to demonstrate the similarities or relevance of the fairy tale to the popular text. You may NOT choose any movie that the Tatar book mentioned, nor can you choose a text that actually has the title of a fairy tale in it.  For example, you cannot actually choose to write about Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, even if Tatar hadn’t mentioned it.
  2. Tatar suggests that Bluebeard and Beauty and the Beast are opposite.  Do you agree or diasgree?  Post an answer to the demonstrating why you agree or disagree. How is Bluebeard the opposite of Beauty and the Beast?  What specifically in the texts proves that Beauty and the Beast is the opposite of Bluebeard?  If you disagree entirely with Tatar’s reading of them as opposites, demonstrate why you believe they are actually similar.  Since there is more than one fairy tale in each section, be sure to tell us which fairy tale you’re talking about.
  3. Why is violence so important in the texts we’ve read thus far?  Focusing primarily on fairy tales (but you can draw on The Tempest and Robinson Crusoe), explain why violence is important in these texts. What does violence do for people, readers and characters alike?  How does it help or hinder reading a text?  How does violence help or hinder the characters in the text?

As usual, your posts should follow these requirements:

  • Give your post a good title.
  • Add tags (keywords) to the post.
  • Posts must be at least 250 words.
  • Posts must include at least one quotation from Tatar’s book.
  • Stay focused on answering one of the prompt questions above. Avoid repeating the question and be as specific as possible in your answer.  Remember to clarify the importance of your post.  Don’t just tell us that something is “important”; rather explain why it is important.
  • Your response should make an argument, not summarize the text.
  • Use specific moments from Tatar’s text (or other texts if applicable) to support and illustrate your argument.
  • Be sure to introduce, quote, cite, and comment on all quotations.

This response is due before class on Tuesday, January 25th. Blog comments (at least 2) are due before class on Thursday, January 27th.


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