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Fairy Tales

A Missouri Southern State University subject guide on fairy tales.

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Elements of the Story

As explained in the 'Conventions of fairy tales' section, a fairy story always includes a number of important elements.

When reading through this section, keep in mind Charles Perrault's version of the story as told here -

BLUEBEARD

In the story of Bluebeard the elements include: 

GOOD CHARACTERS

The good character is Bluebeard's new wife even though she is a bit naughty!  Don't forget, good characters don't have to be perfect.

(Source of picture: Gutenberg)

THE BADDY

Bluebeard is a very obvious bad character in this story.

File:The Prussian bluebeard getting ready to finish off another new Chamber of Deputies, from 'News of the day,' published in Le Charivari, March 13, 1866 MET DP877437.jpg

Metropolitan Museum of Art, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

Can you think of any supporting characters in this story?

MAGIC

Do you think there is any magic in this story?

 

OBSTACLE OR TASK

A fairy tale usually includes an obstacle or task which the characters must tackle with to reach their happy ending.  What do you think the obstacle or task is in this story?

(Source of picture: Pbase)

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Following Bluebeard's death, his wife becomes mistress of all his estate, she marries a worthy gentleman and they live happily ever after...

(Source of picture: Wikipedia)

MORAL

What do you think is the moral message of the Bluebeard story?

 

The Story of Bluebeard

You can read Charles Perrault's version of Bluebeard on the SurLaLune website.

Bluebeard's Picture Book

Bluebeard and similar stories

This fairy tale website, compiled by Pittsburgh University, includes Perrault's version of Bluebeard.

You can also find a number of fairy tales which are similar to the Bluebeard story.

You may find useful information here for your Bluebeard timeline.

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