Sunday, October 26, 2014

Blog Entry 7

Let me just start out by saying that if I were forced by my father to share my meal and bed with a talking frog, I wouldn’t be too happy. As we could see, when reading the Grimm’s tale, “The Frog King,” I’m not the only one who feels this way. “The Frog King” and the classic Greek story, “Cupid and Psyche” are two tales that easy to compare as they share a similar plot; pretty girls are forced into spending their precious time with ugly monsters.

Both stories can be easily compared to the classic story of “Beauty and the Beast,” simply because the “beasts” happen to be, unknown by their princesses, strapping young men. Not only this, but what both stories also have in common is that the protagonists are extremely beautiful princesses; however, one seems to be slightly less spoiled than the other. The nameless princess in “The Frog King” refuses to treat the frog with the slightest bit of respect merely because of what he is, while Psyche in “Cupid and Psyche” found herself accepting the situation she was thrown into and did all she could to make matters better for herself in a more mature manner. Both are rewarded with surprisingly handsome men, but to me Psyche is rewarded for a much better reason. She had no way of judging her husband because she literally couldn’t see him. This made her a much less shallow character; therefore probably resulting in her being respected by readers a great deal more than the princess in “The Frog King.”

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Blog Entry 6

Okay, I hate naming names so I'm just going start off by simply saying that I read a number of different blogs from this class and enjoyed seeing what different people had to say.  I found myself both agreeing and disagreeing with people about certain things. I thought it was especially interesting to see what everyone considered to be the definition of a fairytale. I really enjoyed reading a particular blog where the writer related her definition to a cooking recipe. I thought it was a very creative way to get her point across and certainly got my attention as it was so unlike any of the other posts.

There was another person in the class who's entries were short but concise. Though I would have loved to hear more from him, I thought he made clear what his point was. There was another writer whose blogs I found to be extremely entertaining to read. Not only were they playful and conversational, but also very incisive. Of all of her posts, I most enjoyed her first where she expressed her interest in the class in a narrative similar to that of an actual fairytale.

Picking a favorite of all the blogs in the class isn't necessarily something I can do as I really liked them all. I thought each was different and everyone brought their own styles to their entries. I'll even admit that I enjoyed the pictures as well even though I didn't include any myself.

Overall, I think that everyone has done a really good job writing up these entries. There are a few people who, it seemed, are missing some and one person who I didn't find at all, but for everything that I could read, I thought was really good. And I'm not "just saying that…"