Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Dynamic Little Red

Guy & Rodd - #4 http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/L/Little_red_riding_hood.asp
     While searching for cartoons, I stumbled upon Guy & Rodd's depiction of the common "Little Red Riding Hood" theme that Red is portrayed as an innocent and naive young girl.  On the contrary, this social cartoon works to challenge that of the original Grimm's tale in that Red actually acts on her suspicions.  In the Grimm version, she approaches and holds a conversation with the wolf in the forest because she doesn't know any other way.  After the wolf distracts Red by encouraging her to pick some flowers to take with to her sick grandmother, he runs ahead, swallows the grandmother whole, and then impersonates her.  When she arrives at her grandmother's house, Red enters apprehensively, noting an unusually strange feeling.  However, she squashes these emotions, and continues to her grandmother's bed.  Here, Red finds a version of her grandmother with bigger ears, larger hands, and a huge mouth.  Even though she asks the "grandmother" about the increase in size of the aforementioned body parts, Red does not act on her doubts and no sooner suffers the same fate as that of her grandmother.
     The text of this cartoon most definitely highlights Red's suspicions when it comes to the wolf's impersonation of her grandmother, but it also reveals her to be more of a clever girl.  Her naiveté is rather nonexistent in this interpretation because she points out that it is clear the wolf is just that, a wolf.  By following that with the personal reflection where she states, "I'm not an imbecile", this cartoon is almost poking fun at the Brothers Grimm for creating such a character that was blind to what was right in front of her.  By using such a strong word as "imbecile", Guy & Rodd express their opinion that Red was a stupid young girl who most definitely should have noticed that it was not really her grandmother lying in the bed. 
     I understand that when it comes to fairy tales, events within the story must take place in order to keep the plot moving and ultimately come to the author's desired conclusion in the end.  However, this point sometimes makes it difficult to sit back as the reader and watch a young girl just ignore the blatant signs that a hungry wolf is doing his best to try and eat her.  For these reasons, I like this particular cartoon very much because it changes Red from a immature, passive character to a more intelligent, active female character.  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Love Conquers All

            After reading the old Greek tale of "Cupid and Psyche", I see some differences and similarities between this tale and that of the Brother Grimm's "The Frog King".  To start, the old Greek tale of "Cupid and Psyche" follows the story of a king's youngest daughter.  Like in Grimm's "The Frog King", she is the youngest of three daughters, and her beauty is absolutely stunning.  In the original Grimm version, even the sun who has seen nearly everything is awestruck by her beauty; however, the tale of "Cupid and Psyche" details Venus's jealously, for the young princess steals away all of her men.  Beyond this similar beginning, the two accounts take rather different ways to ultimately end the same with the young princess marrying and living happily ever after.

            "Cupid and Psyche" reveals much when it comes to trust and whether appearance is vital in a loving relationship.  After the oracle prophesied Psyche's marriage to a monster on the top of a mountain, her parents led the young princess up the mountain and abandoned her there.  Upon exploration of the mountaintop, Psyche was met with an ornate, magical home that housed her husband and seemingly everything she could ever want.  Her husband never made his physical appearance known to Psyche, and justified that  this sort of relationship was better for the both of them.  By the damaging advice of her older sisters, Psyche prepared a lamp to view her mysterious husband whom she had already come to love so much.  As she leaned in to get a better look at her beautiful husband, a drop of the oil from her lamp fell onto her husband.  He flew out of the window in a flash and she followed him.  Unfortunately, lacking the capability of flight, she plummeted to the ground.  Despite her disobeying the trust that Cupid had set up with Psyche, he still cared for her, and in the end saved her from his own mother, Venus, once again.  Thus, Cupid was able to forgive Psyche, and their marriage was filled with enduring love.


            
              A similar theme occurs in "The Frog King", where the young princess makes a promise to the frog that she is meant to honor.  Despite her repeated breaking of this promise, the frog persists without giving up on her.  This commitment is truly tested when she becomes so angry that she throws him against her bedroom wall with an incredible might.  Ignoring the fact that this is the act that turns the frog back into a human prince, he still is willing to love her after this.  Frog or prince, it is still a powerful statement that he puts up with all of her nonsense out of love.  In the end, like in "Cupid and Psyche", the two marry and live happily ever after with a love that will last forever.   

Friday, October 3, 2014

Blog Entry 6

         
      When it comes to overall blog presentation, I was especially fond of intherealmoftoday.blogspot.com's overall appearance.  I particularly liked the fact that Kristen used titles to name each individual blog post as supposed to the generic "Blog Entry 5".  This is something that I will take into consideration when creating my own blogs in the future because I consider a well-placed title more visually appealing.  The pictures she chose to supplement the text of her blog additionally work to complement her arguments and opinions.  I also like how Kristen grabs the reader with her blog entries and turns them into an enthralling story, rather than a boring, weekly obligation.  Overall, I find Kristen's work to be the blog I like the most.
           
          I would have to say that I like verygrimmtales.blogspot.com's blog entry entitled "Snow White: A Tale of Hope" the most.  Hannah fully answers the questions that were asked, and consequently does so in an intelligent, organized manner.  While pointing out the differences between the Grimm version and the Disney film, I like that she specifically highlights how the title of the Disney movie, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", accounts for the greater emphasis put on the characters of the dwarfs in this 1937 film.  Although it seems so obvious, I don't know if I have ever actually put that fact together.  Her entry is also visually appealing and shows evidence of pre-planning.

            After viewing all the blogs, I would say that there needs to be an improvement when it comes to answering the questions fully and with personal insight.  Although there is a balance  between elaborating too much and just the right amount, "short and sweet" answers don't always do it justice when the proposed question still needs to be fully answered.  By not answering the question, you are only cheating yourself and quite possibly your grade.