Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Goblin Market

"Goblin Market" is a poem by Christina Rossetti. Written during the victorian age, some people believe it is a poem for feminism power, while others still say its just for children. I read this poem earlier in my college career, but have decided to write an essay about it using feminist critisism for my literature theory class. 

I personally really like this poem. It is about two sisters, Laura and Lizzie, who are tempted by the Goblins to eat thier fruit. One sister, Lizzie resists, but the other, Laura, pays for the fruit with a golden lock of hair. She is satisfied by the fuit only momentaringly. She soon craves more, but when she goes back the Goblin men do not return, so she starts to pine away. Her sister can't stand to see this, so returns and finds the Goblin Market. They returned only for a new customer. However became very angry when Lizzie only wanted to buy fruit and take it home, in stead of staying with them. So the goblin men: 
"...trod and hustled her,
Elbow'd and jostled her,
Claw'd with their nails,
Barking, mewing, hissing, mocking,
Tore her gown and soil'd her stocking,
Twitch'd her hair out by the roots,
Stamp'd upon her tender feet,
Held her hands and squeez'd their fruits"

Still she resist, finally got away and ran home as quick as possible. To find her sister and give 
her the left over juices from the fruit. Finally both sisters were healthy again. And in the end, 
lived to have a life of their own, never thinking of the Goblin Market again.

This poem is about sisterhood and involves a heroine, which is something that many writers
from that time didn't even think about (because most writers were men). I enjoy reading it, I don't agree with all of the articles I have read about it. Some researchers believe it is about rape and evil, but like I stated before, some think is for children. I like reading it from the point of view that Rossetti wrote to get a point out, maybe she wanted children to enjoy it to, but it does have points of feminism in it. It should be an interesting essay to write. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Original Fairytales: Ruining Childhood Memories!

This semester I am taking fairytale literature. It is the first time that I have really read the fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, Josephy Jacobs, Le Prince De Beaumont, etc. In class we have watched movies like, Mutzmeg, a folk-tale based off Molly Whuppie, a Joseph Jacobs fairytale, or the Appalachian version of Ashenputtel (Brothers Grimm version of Cinderella). These movies are much different than disney films.
My favorite childhood movies, have been completely altered and I probably can never watch them with the same feeling again. In Ashenputtel, the step-sisters cut their heel and big toe off, then at the end birds poke their eyes out. But my favorite movie as a kid was, Snow-white and The Seven Dwarfs. And yes, the Grimm brothers version is much more gore. Snow-whites mother dies (as in most of these fairytales), then the step-mother thinks that the huntsman killed her, and brought back her heart (really a wild boar's heart), still she actually eats it thinking it was human. As the end when Snow-white gets married they have "red-hot iron shoes, in which she had to dance until she fell down dead" ready for the evil step-mother. Let me say, original fairytales are: sad, evil, full of cannabilism, tricksters, and gory (some versions even have bestiality), nothing like the happily ever after disney portrays.

The Class Text
Now don't get me wrong I actually like these versions. I like reading them, trying to figure out the differences, why they are so. different. It is just such a surprise. I am so happy that I am in this class though, considering diving deeper into these old fairy-tales. I know I have to write an essay for the class, I am leaning either cannabilism or gender inequalities, how women are portrayed.

Why Books?

As of right now, my life revolves around books. Books of all types, some leisure reading, some tough classical, some interesting literature. There are a couple of reasons for this. 1. I like to read, all different kinds of books. 2. I am attending college to get my BA in English Literature, with a minor in professional writing. So reading and writing are pretty much required. At times its overwhelming, but really l like what I do, so I can't complain. I may not be good at it, the writing that is, but at least I try. And practice does improve skills. Right?