Charles Perrault takes that kind of test in a new direction in his tale ”Bluebeard.” In this story, the test happens after the marriage has already taken place. In this lesson, we will examine the themes of morals of Charles Perrault’s short story ‘Blue Beard.’ This is the story of a new bride who discovers. ince the first publication of Bluebeard in by Charles Perrault in Histoires Although there is some speculation that Perrault’s Bluebeard was based on fact.

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Bettelheim sees the key as associated with the male sexual organ, “particularly the first intercourse when the hymen is broken and blood gets pergault it. Tatar, however, does go on to speak of Bluebeard as something of a ” Beauty and the Beast ” narrative. As soon as they returned home, the marriage was concluded.

He proposed to marry one of them, leaving her to choose which of the two she charlws give him. She has erased the difference between them, and in order to return her to her previous state, he must kill her. To the displeasure of many a maiden, its enjoyment is short lived.

Blue Beard

According to the Aarne—Thompson system of classifying bpuebeard plots, the tale of Bluebeard is type From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. After some moments she began to xharles that the floor was all covered over with clotted blood, on which lay the bodies of several dead women, ranged against the walls. The poor lady, turning about to him, and looking at him with dying eyes, desired him to afford her one little moment to recollect herself.

The poor wife was almost as dead as her husband, and had not strength to rise and embrace her brothers. The Bluebeard story also echoes the story of The Fall.

As for this little key, it is that of the closet at the end of the long gallery, on the ground floor. A reader’s Guide to the English Tradition. Adding to their disgust and aversion was the fact that he already had been married to several wives, and nobody knew what had become of them. She tries to wash the blood from the key, but the key is magical chrles the blood cannot be removed.


The poor wife descended, and went and threw herself, with streaming eyes and dishevelled tresses, at his feet. Fearing for her life, she reveals her husband’s secret to her visiting sister, and they plan to both flee the next morning, but Bluebeard unexpectedly comes back and finds the bloody key.

I will make them a sign, as well as I can for them to make haste. In Charles Dickens ‘ short story Captain Murdererthe titular character is described as “an offshoot of the Bluebeard family”, and is far more bloodthirsty than most Bluebeards: The Robber Bridegroom and other tales of Aarne-Thompson type Blue Beard, having very attentively considered it, said to his wife, “Why is there blood on the key?

For other uses, see Bluebeard disambiguation. Bluebsard scholar Philip Lewis, the key offered to the wife by Bluebeard represents his superiority, since he knows something she does not. This is recorded in a biography of St. It was found that Blue Beard had no heirs, and so his widow remained possessed of all his property.

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Seeing Through the Mother Goose Tales. She was so much pressed by her curiosity that, without considering that it was very uncivil for her to leave her company, she went down a little back staircase, and with such excessive haste that she nearly fell and broke her neck.

It describes how after Conomor married Tryphine, she was warned by the ghosts of his previous wives that he murders them when they become pregnant. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. However, she bluebward eventually overcome with the desire to see what the forbidden bluebsard holds, and she sneaks away from the party and ventures into the room.

Upon this she threw herself at her husband’s feet, and begged his pardon with all the signs of a true repentance, vowing that she would never more be disobedient.

When she was alone she called out to her sister, and said to her, “Sister Anne” for that was her name”go up, I beg you, to the top of the tower, and look if my brothers are not coming. Bluebeard is a generous, kind-hearted, wealthy nobleman called Bertrand de Montragoux who marries a succession of grotesque, adulterous, difficult, or simple-minded wives.


Open everything, and go everywhere except into that little closet, which I forbid you to enter, and I forbid you so strictly, that if you should venture to open the door, there is nothing that you may not have to dread from my anger!

He then goes away and leaves the house and the keys in her hands.

Perrault: Blue Beard

He recognized them as the brothers of his wife—one a dragoon, the other a musqueteer, and, consequently, fled immediately, in hope to escape; but they pursued him so closely, that they overtook him before he could reach the step of his door, and, passing their swords through his body, left him dead on the spot.

The blood on the key indicates that she now has knowledge. Blue Beard returned that very evening, and said that he had received letters on the road informing him that the business on which he was going had been settled to his advantage. I am making all the signs I can to hasten them.

Retrieved from ” https: As soon as he had left her, she called her sister, and said to her, “Sister Anne” for so she was named”go up, I pray thee, to the top of the tower, and see if my brothers are not coming. At the end of a month Blue Beard told his wife that he was obliged to take a journey, which would occupy six weeks at least, on a matter of great consequence; that he entreated she would amuse herself as much as she could during his absence; that she would invite her best friends, take them into the country with her if she pleased, and keep an excellent table everywhere.

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