Welcome back to Fairy Tale Fridays!
Yes, yes. I am fully aware that it is no longer Friday, but rather Saturday. This last week proved to be more chaotic than planned, so I am getting this one posted a little later than usual.
This month, we are talking more about The Brothers Grimm with their story Little Briar-Rose. Many may not know this story as Little Briar-Rose, but instead as Sleeping Beauty.
It is the story of a king and queen who so desire a child, and when she arrives splendid in her beauty, they throw a little celebration. Unfortunately, they make a mistake in not inviting all the wise women of the kingdom. The sole uninvited guest shows up unexpectedly to get her revenge, wishing death upon the princess. Thankfully, the final wise woman still had one more gift to bestow upon the princess, changing the death to 100 years of sleep.
On the princess's fifteenth birthday, the vengeful wish comes to fruition, leaving the entire kingdom in slumber. While they sleep, the kingdom becomes surrounded by a thorned hedge that many a prince tries to penetrate to reach the sleeping princess. Each one perishes in a horrible death. After the 100 years has passed, however, the hedge turns to a flowering wall and allows one prince through its gates. He finds the princess, gives her a kiss, and the entire kingdom returns to a wakeful state, exactly where they left off when the spell first took effect. And, of course, the prince and princess marry and live happily ever after.
So, what do I think about this tale? Well, overall, it is not one of my favorites and I cannot say exactly why. I am left with lots of questions and comments though, so let me share a few of them with you . . .
A frog once again makes an appearance in this one. At the beginning of the story, the king and queen desire a child, and it is the frog that predicts the beauty that is about to enter their lives. Why a frog? What is the meaning behind this? Frogs appear in fairy tales so often, and I am not sure of the significance behind them.
I am so annoyed at the fact that the king and queen decided to exclude just one person simply because they only had a dozen of their matching gold plates. Seriously?!? Was it worth the revenge of the thirteenth wise woman to worry about not having matching plates for the celebration? I do think it is a good lesson from the story that materialistic concerns may not be a priority.
Little Briar-Rose is awoken by a strange man kissing her, and she is okay with this?!? Personally, I think I would be freaking out just a little bit, yet she handles it with a calm demeanor, something that is completely within the normal realm of reality. Hello!! You have been asleep for 100 years, are awakened by a complete stranger invading your space and that you do not even know is a prince, and you have no reaction. Does this beauty have no brains?!?
I think I may have just answered my own question about what it is that I do not necessarily care for in this tale: a weak female lead with senseless parents!
Have you read the story of Little Briar-Rose (or Sleeping Beauty)? What are your thoughts about this popular fairy tale?