Monday, May 7, 2012

The Happy End...

As in all stories and fairy tales we have a happy end, here we come to the happy ending of this blog and to this wonderful class and wonderful experience. The semester is over and as in America time flies and you don't feel it. It feels like yesterday when i started this blog with my favorite tale "Cinderella". 

Fairy tale has been absolutely one of my favorite class as being a dreamer i love to escape to the imaginary or fantasy world sometimes. As this was my first year in America this fantasy world and dreaming with the tales helped me to heal some of the lonely times far from my wonderful world where i am a princes Europe (same as Ofelia in Pan's Labyrinth we both are in worlds we don't belong to).

Going through my blog posts i found how much things we covered and how many things i learned from this class that i never imagined the world of fairy tales was hiding from me. I started this blog with my favorite fairy tale Cinderella but going through the reading i think the Grim Brothers Snow White could replace my childhood favorite Cinderella tale. As Snow White can be interpreted in many ways and can bee seen in more realistic point of view on who is Snow White who represent the queen after herself becoming a queen. In short the incorporation of evil and good and the perspective in which we may see this tale and tales in general. 

Through this class i learned to understand and realize the under themes used in fairy tales. Everything has significance a color, a knife, scissors even the clothes one wears. Everything is related to the story. Sexuality, beauty, jealousy are all this found in fairy tales shown from the little object, words, sings etc.
I really loved the blog of the Freud and Jung interpretation. As always been fascinated from the psychoanalytical way of looking at things this to great school of thoughts made a great interpretation of how our mind and our rational thinking work. I even watched the movie "A Dangerous Methods" an interpretation of Freud's and Jung's psychoanalysis and interpretation of dreams, very interesting movie.

During this class we quite read many kind of fairy tales from different countries and traditions. Absolutely my favorite is the Arabian night. Very charming the power of storytelling, wide used even now days by our politician’s worldwide, the power on how well you say a story and keep your listener amused. I love the Arabic stories as so many of the greatest tales that i grew up come from there. 

Our guest lectures were another great part about this class. All the guest speakers were great and each of them unique but the one i enjoyed most was Dr Ochieng' K'Olewe that explained the beauty of African Kenyan fairy tales. As diversity is always an interesting thing seeing all this different guest lecturer from different countries sharing with us not only the tales but the real lived experience that they had in that particular country or community was really wonderful and very educative. 

In the end i loved this blog mostly i loved reading other people blogs for this i did commented in this last time on two peoples blogs that i mostly enjoyed while reading through the semester. A big thank you to Dr. Esa for making this class a real great class and for his great enthusiasm while teaching the great power of storytelling and the interpretation of Fairy Tales. 

Happy End of this fairy tale blog.....

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