Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cupid and Psyche vs. The Frog Prince

In Cupid and Psyche it starts out with introducing the three sisters and how they are all beautiful.  However, one is much more beautiful then the rest and people come to visit her to just see her amazing beauty.  When she is called prettier then Venus, she gets absolutely furious this shows her jealousy and hatred towards her sister for being much prettier then she is.  After she attempted to put a spell on Psyche, it failed which lead her into living with her “invisible” husband who was extremely rich.  She had never saw him at first but she got tired of that and really wanted to know who she was married to.  One day after her sisters convince her to see what her husband really looks like she does and thinks he is going to look like a monster when really he was very handsome.  That left her to losing him and the palace.  In order to win him back she has to do a few tasks, they eventually get back together.  This goes to show that women can very well do things and women aren’t at all like the princesses in fairytales. 

In the frog prince, the story starts off with the Grimm brothers talking about one very pretty princess who becomes extremely upset after loosing her ball.  However in this version unlike the original myth someone’s comes to her to comfort her.  That is the frog; the frog didn’t want anything from her only love and companionship.  The princess pushed him away as much as she could until her father could make the decision for her to let him stay with her in their house.  One day she got so mad that she threw the frog against the one and that turned him into a prince. 

These two stories are very different, one is an original myth and the other is a fairytale.  Also one involves a mythical character and the other involves an animal.  They are both different but have the same things in the story.  Both girls end up with a guy in the end, who is your typical prince.  The Frog and the Prince comes from the myth Cupid and Psyche. 


Sunday, October 7, 2012

The fairytale vs. Disney

The two versions of the fairytale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs have some differences but for the most part they are very similar.  In the Grimm version the story starts out with the mother wishing for a child that is beautiful when she pricks her finger, she creates a child just as she had hoped for.  However in having that child she died, and her stepmother took care of her.  This was something that wasn't portrayed in the movie because the Grimm brothers took anything out that was gruesome or inappropriate for children.  A few things that are the same in both of these versions are the characters and the setting.  Something that is different in both is the motif; the motif in the fairytale is how the witch continues to plot to kill Snow White.  However in the movie this is not the case the evil stepmother doesn't try to kill Snow White three times, but only once.  The reason for all these differences is because depending on the audience that is watching it, it has to be appropriate and to their expectations or else no one will watch it they will have to cancel all the movies since they won't be making money off of it.  In my opinion I like the fairytale version better which surprised me because I usually enjoy movies better.  The fairytale had a lot more to the story and a lot more detail which made it more enjoyable to read.