Comparing Bluebeard And Tsuru No Ongaeshi

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Folk and fairy tales have been an important aspect in cultures from all corners of the world. Not only do they provide entertainment but they also give insight into how values and morals differ or resemble one another despite differences in distance and time. Advisory tales of how satiating curiosity can be consequential are found in different and unalike cultures from across continents and different time periods. Although they all tell the same moral, the stories vary greatly from one another. The 17th century Bluebeard is infamous for its violence and gore, whilst the Tsuru no Ongaeshi from Japan is a stark contrast with its peaceful setting, and the Arabian nights tale of The History of Ajib is a fantastical mix of both. Although the morals are identical, each version is varied from one another at points and yet a universality is present within the subtle underlines of their narratives. Within each story, the protagonists find themselves bestowed upon fortune and luxury. In Bluebeard, when the young woman weds she moves into her husband’s extravagant house filled with fine furniture that all her friends envy; Tsuru no Ongaeshi has a young man graced with a beautiful crane wife who could weave breathtakingly beautiful silks; The History of Ajib is the…show more content…
They give insight into what values are shared and how people fabricate tales around them. The Japanese Tsuru no Ongaeshi is brief and melancholic, the French Bluebeard displays a violent and anti-feminist ideal to a woman’s disobedience, and the Middle Eastern The History of Ajib is a long, densely written narrative that exhibits a more complex handling of language and character. It is a mark of human ingenuity and human nature in how each civilisation has invented such divergent, yet not entirely dissimilar, tales that all revolve on the same
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