Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cupid and the Bee - More in Common then You'd Think

           Rather than giving a simple comparison that relates the facts of two stories which you’ve already read (or should have already read if you’re in this class), I’m going to compare my reactions to two stories.  Fairy tales, after all, are important due to the significance the reader places on them and what they get out of them, so it only makes sense that I would compare the most important part.  
             If you haven't read the stories, I'm comparing Cupid and Psyche  by Lucius Apeleius and The Tiger's Bride by Angela Carter.  The end of The Tiger's Bride results in the beautiful girl choosing to turn into a tiger to join the Beast.  It is an expression of women choosing their life and their ability to be just as fierce as men.  Clearly this is a modern twist on the tale, as women were typically subordinated or subdued or lacking in common sense in many of the other versions.  However, this is one tale that does not emphasize the error of not just the Beast's ways but also in him as a man.  He accepts her as she is, waiting until she is ready and he mores than meets her halfway.  After all, it's more dangerous to be a tiger with a human's intelligence (just think of all the scientific experiments they'd want to perform).  For that, the reader accepts him.  He brings out the girl's true nature, the nature she has been forced to subdue based on what the patriarchal society has decided is right.  Who knew that the only real man was really not even a man at all?  The picture that I wanted to include that describes this perfectly for some reason will not post no matter what I do.  Easy fix though - follow this link! Contra Mundum is the name of the picture.