Reflect about the three versions of the story of “Bluebeard.” How are these tales similar or different? What is unique about them? Which one did (didn’t) you like the most? Why/Why not?
My favorite of the three tales we read (Fitcher’s Bird, The Robber Bridegrom, and Bluebeard) would have to be Fitcher’s Bird. In this tale, the daughter is able to save her sisters. She takes charge of things and becomes the heroine. This is very unusual because men were the active ones and in those times, women were supposed to be passive and just wait for things to happen. In the Robber Bridegroom, there is an old woman who warns the girl that her new husband is a murderer. The girl also assumes an active role and tells her wedding guests that her husband is a murderer on the day of their wedding and brings out a severed finger as proof. This shocks her guests, but incriminates the robber.
In Charles Perrault’s Bluebeard, a woman falls in love with a man at a party. Bluebeard gives her keys and tells her not to open a specific door. Curiosity gets the best of her, and she opens the door to find several corpses of his previous wives. Once Bluebeard discovered her disobedience, he planned on killing her. She begged him for half an hour where she could pray, and she uses that time to summon her brothers, who Bluebeard. By default, the woman is now heir to his estate.
The version I disliked the most was the French film Barbe Bleu. The plot of the film is not linear, as it jumps between girls reading the story and the actual tale itself. However, it did mostly adhere to the plot of the Perrault tale, which I appreciated. The film did include scenes of violence that were unnecessary as well as creepy, which I did not enjoy.