Sunday, April 28, 2013

Lectures by Dr. Ochieng

The lectures that were given by Dr. Ochieng were a very good insight into the life of African culture. I loved the stories that he told because they are so much different that what I was used to hearing. They way that the people explain different situations was incredible. The story about the monkey and the shark is my favorite from the ones that he told. The stories that they make up are so intricate and detailed just enough to catch your attention. The way that the monkey was sly enough to trick the shark into thinking that his heart was back at the tree is very creative and different from traditional fairy tales. By this I mean that the structure is more like an actual story unlike something that feels written down. The way that the story flows just feels more cultural to that region because of how important telling stories are. This presentation really enriched my knowledge of fairy tales from Africa. I can also apply this in my Performance and Culture class as we are learning about Africa too. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the lecture that was given by Dr. Ochieng. He style of delivering really caught my attention and held it throughout the entire presentation. I would like to thank Dr. Ochieng for the great class. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sonne by Rammstein.

When I originally watched the Rammstein video it was very different than what I am used to in seeing in music videos. It is very dark and shows men in a cave mining gold for what I am calling Snow White. When you see her enter she also resembles what we would consider to be the attire that Snow White would wear. In the video she seems to be keeping the dwarfs as some sort of slaves. The reason for me saying this is besides them working in the mines, one dwarf is seen cleaning apples while she watches. You can relate this in some fashion to the Disney version because she does have the 7 dwarfs with her. Also the symbol after Snow White is asleep and they put her in the glass coffin, which is also seen in the Disney version. My favorite version of this story would have to be the Brothers Grimm version. I feel like this version of the story most people have heard and it is easy to relate to. Also the famous lines “mirror mirror on the wall whose the fairest of them all”. This story just has the classic feel that everyone knows from being told the stories as a young child. The ending if the Brothers Grimm’s Snow White is also my favorite. My reasoning for this would have to be the line the mirror says “My Queen, you may be the fairest here, but the young queen is a thousand times more fair”. This is my favorite ending because it is what gives the child or reader the moral of the story.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Definition of Fairytales and Folktales to me.

Fairytales and folktales are stories that have been passed down for many years by word of mouth. This is what makes these stories so popular since they were created. People can tell stories because they have heard them so many times. The fact that people do not know who created these stories is why they are fairytales. These stories that we have been told since we were just children have so many deep meanings and lessons behind them that it affects all levels of our conscious. With our conscious that tells us what we can and cannot do. We than have preconscious where we know if we can or cannot do something but think of doing it anyway. It goes to our super ego and ego which affect how we view things. After those it enters our unconscious where no matter what happens you can do what you want. For example this would be considered our dreams and in our dreams anything we want to happen is possible.

Fairytales all have an archetype, which is the original form of it. This refers to the historical, ritual, or psychological concepts. This is a universal pattern for all stories. If we look at the psychological concepts of fairytales we can see how these stories may change the view of younger kids. No kid wants to be the villain unless they are truly evil themselves. When kids see the hero get rewarded it should trigger in their mind that they also want to be like the hero and not the villain. These stories are teaching kids how they should be in the real world. It teaches them lessons that they can apply to real life. This is why some times kids want us to read them the same story over and over so they can reconnect it to what happened to them today. If they don’t do that then when they sleep their unconscious will help them understand it by what they have heard in the story.

Fairytales are a great way to bring people together for a good story or to help a younger sibling fall asleep before school. It is something that has been in every culture around the world for many years. This is a style of literature that will never die in my eyes because of the sentimental connection to them. This is why I love fairytales and the majority of people who read fairytales. This is what a fairytale and folktale mean to me.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Blog Entry 1

There are many reasons that I chose this class. One reason that I chose this class is that I have always wanted to learn the deeper meaning behind folktales. Not only does it complete some of my McDaniel plan but it is also a very interesting class. It reminds me of times when my mother would tell me stories when I was younger. It lets me look deeper into what they really me. This stories that we have been told mold and shape who we are even if we don't think so. What I hope to accomplish in this class is to be able to read folktales and other stories and be able to see the true meaning of it.

My favorite folktale of all time would be Hansel and Gretel by The Grimm Brothers. One of the main reasons that I have a connection to this story is I feel every kid can relate. I have been lost in the woods so I have a connection that way as well. Kids relate because they try to remain innocent but there are outside evils that force them to change. It is a classic story and the majority of people have heard this story this is why it is one of my favorite folktales.