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Fairy Tales

A Missouri Southern State University subject guide on fairy tales.

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 -


In the story of Bluebeard the elements include: 


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)


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


Can you think of any supporting characters in this story?


Do you think there is any magic in this story?



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)


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)


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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