Tales in the 17th Century, Fairy Tales Essay

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In the 17th century, fairy tales were miles apart from the versions we read and watch today. Endings would not always be as happy as we know them to be and there were far more complications, perversity and brutalities. For instance, in Sleeping Beauty, the girl is not kissed and awakened by her prince; rather, he rapes her and makes her pregnant while she is still unconscious. I plan on bring all of these elements into my fairytale. Back then, these tales had a lot of mythology and hidden meanings which is why I have chosen the number three to be common throughout my tale. Three children will be born, and will be placed in a bed of iris flowers. The iris flower is special that it has three petals, and each petal represents courage, wisdom and faithfulness. I will be build a connection to the children and the flower by showing that one petal will fly away and go apart, which eventually will happen to the children as well. (Rosinsky)

In the original tales, there was a lot of reference to sexual topics. Some versions of the original of The Little Red Riding Hood, for example, suggest that she was naked in front of the wolf and the wolf wanted to 'embrace' her with his huge arms. I have tried bringing such an element of the sort into my tale by creating a love complication, in which the siblings have fallen in love with one another. Magic is a very important factor to making a fairytale belong to the genre. That is why, it is suggested that inanimate objects should also have feelings, and ability to speak. Also, the writer must not show the characters shock at seeing inanimate objects come to life in that way. I plan to show this as well, and build a relation between the characters and the inanimate objects. (Tressider) (Ashliman)

In short, my story will be about a nature-loving woman who a prince falls in love with and marries her. She has children but dies during child birth. The triplets born are named Jack, Jane and Mary. After years, they start falling in love and there are complications because of that. I will try to indirectly try to engrain the moral message that lustful thoughts, jealousy, pride, selfishness and revenge always lead to adverse circumstances.

Fairy Tale: Jack, Jane and Mary

Once upon a time, there lived a girl named Mary Anne, in the far off land of Felicity. Her ordinary features and plain dresses never said much of her personality, but when she would stroll through the endless green fields, orchards of heavenly trees and flower gardens, every plant would sing to her about the love and warmth they felt when she came to visit them. The birds would chirp and bring her fruits to eat and she would spend pleasant days in the woods whenever she was free.

One day, when Mary Anne went to the woods, a handsome Prince was passing by who happened to observe this, and though the Prince did not know her at all, he knew that he was going to marry her. He stared at Mary Anne for the rest of her stay and followed her back to her small hut and asked her father for her hand in marriage. What peasant father would say no to a proposal from a prince?

So, Mary Anne and the prince got married and celebrated the event with all the beings of the woods, and danced along to the songs they sung for her, but when time came for Marry Anne to depart to the castle, far away from Felicity, the Sun's smile erased and the clouds cried with grief and all of Felicity echoed with the cries of birds, animals, and trees. No human felt the grief of her leaving like they did. Of course, the kind prince's heart was moved that he too refused to take Mary Anne away! And so there they lived, giving the sun a smile so bright and the clouds tears of joy. Would you have liked to see that as well?

A year later, Mary Anne became pregnant with triplets and all the animals and birds brought her presents. One kind squirrel came with an arm full of three petal flowers and said,

"For your three little babies are iris flowers, Lay them carefully on a cushioned basket, dear, So they can lay in it in their first hour, And in their ears are iris melodies to hear."

The day much awaited soon arrived and Marry Anne made the bed of iris flowers for her babies, but just as the three little human beings entered the world, their escort for the entry breathed her last. With her spiritual departure, the village grieved and the prince was found enraged that he left his children and fled away from Felicity forever, blaming the poor babies for Mary Anne's death.
Her peasant father came and found the children in the bed of iris flowers near the lady next door and she suggested names. "Jack for the boy, Jane for this one, and the other one Mary, in loving memory of the mother." The peasant agreed. He went closer to the babies and saw young Jack's hand clenched as if he was holding onto something, and when he gently unclenched the fist, the peasant found two petals of one of the iris flowers wrapped inside, completely unharmed. Inside the basket, the plucked flower lay amongst many other of its kind, with only a stem and its last, single petal remaining. It was partially detached that when a cool breeze entered the room, the petal flew away.

Mary, inside the basket, let out a cry just that second, and the neighbor unknowingly cradled her in her arms.

Was all of that some sign from the gods up above? You must also be wondering if there was some spiritual connection between the three petal iris flowers and the three children. Alas, we shall never really know.

Even fifteen years later, the flowers never sang the same way and the sun did not sun as bright as it used to. And as for the three triplets, they grew up as three sensible young adults. Jane was the strikingly handsome one, with hair as dark as ebony, and skin oh so fair. So bold she was that at the age of six she demanded the clouds to rain, and they rained indeed! Her equally handsome counterpart was her only brother, Jack, who could solve Grandpa's problems almost instantly and did the right thing in all situations. Together the two were best friends. Mary was much like her mother and spent most her time in the woods and partially brought back joy into their lives as a living memory of Mary Anne. Sometimes, when she would stroll down the fields of Felicity, the trees and animals would embrace her and respect her just like they did to her mother.

One day, a huge ball was being held in Felicity for all young folks to attend, and so Jane took out her beautiful, white dress with puffed sleeves and matched them with a flowery hat and silver shoes, and got ready for the event. Mary wore a colorful gown a blue robin had gifted her and Jack took out a handsome tuxedo as well, and together, the three walked their way to the ball.

At entering the large, magical hall, all eyes stared at Jane and awed her graceful beauty, so much so that the candles illuminated more brightly wherever she walked. Every young gentleman wanted to dance with her and her kind heart didn't refuse anyone, dancing the night away while Jack and Mary stood in a corner, Jack's eyes set on Jane and Mary's on Jack. Tonight, in Jack's eyes as well, Jane was a dazzling star who he felt inclined to love more than ever, and in a different manner than ever before. The same could be said when Mary gazed into Jack's eyes and stared at him with love.

You must be starting to believe this is going to become a forbidden love triangle between siblings, and a nasty one indeed. Sadly, I can't say your thinking wrong!

One young fellow from the gentlemen, Charlie Hunter, soon made his way to Jane and danced with her. For the first time, she accepted a second offer to dance from a single man and soon they danced away through the night.

Jack's eye still set on Jane, now full of rage, signaled Mary to follow him, and walked straight to Jane and pulled her away from Charlie, racing her back home in a matter of minutes. "Jack, what are you doing?" she cried, not being able to stop him but Jack did not reply. He went to his room and ignored Jane for the remaining night.

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