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Transcript of Sleeping Beauty
The Archaic Version
Princess - Transitions from Divine child to Damsel in Distress
Prince- The Hero
Good Fairy- Great Mother
Thirteenth Fairy- Devil Figure
Mom & Dad - Universal Family
Woman dressed in black- Darkness, death, evil, fear
Prince - The Hero
Original Story Info.
Differences between Archaic and Traditional
The original story, titled
Sun, Moon, and Talia
was written by Giambattista Basile in 1634. His writing directly influenced
The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood
, a story written by Charles Parrault in 1697.
The tale may have been influenced by Basile's work as a public official and even as a governor, where he may have viewed the elements of royalty in which he later wrote of.
Basile was also fascinated with the Neapolitan people, and his studies of the culture led to his fairy tales.
Group Members: Kaushika Thakuria, Daniel Weeks, and Monique Spence
-Research: Daniel, Kaushika, and Monique
-Fractured Fairytale: Kaushika
-Prezi: Daniel, Kaushika, and Monique
Literary Critical Lens Analysis
Talia is born to a lord, whose astrologers warn him that his daughter will incur a great danger by the splinter of flax. Talia pricks her finger on an old woman's spindle and falls into a deep sleep. One day, a king happens upon her and in his lust sleeps with her, afterwords leaving and forgetting of his act. Still asleep, Talia births two children who accidentallly remove the splinter. Talia awakens to her two beautiful children. The king one day returns to find her awake, and the two rejoice with their children. The jealous queen orders her secretary to kidnap their children so they can be cooked and served to the king for dinner. Instead, the cook takes pity and hides the two twins secretly. Still unsatisfied, the queen calls upon Talia and attempts to burn her at the stake. The king finds the two and orders the queen and her deceitful secretary to be burned instead, while the cook is promoted. The king, Talia, and their two children live happily ever after.
The prince is unnamed. As the prince comes across a thorn hedge, he becomes curious to find out what lies behind it. He puts his life in danger as he cuts his way through the thorns. Once inside the castle, the prince feels the need to save the helpless, beautiful woman who was taken over by sleep.
The prince functions as a courageous protagonist as he acts without thinking of possible consequences when trying to save the princess and her people in the castle.
-The Call to Adventure: The princess is cursed on her birthday.
-Refusal/Acceptance of Call: The princess accepts the evil fairy's offer to use the spindle, and pricks herself.
-Supernatural Aide: The evil fairy casts a fatal spell on the princess, but the the twelfth fairy wished that the princess would fall asleep for many years instead.
-Crossing/Defeating Threshold: After one hundred years, everyone who was under the spell in the castle would be released of the curse, and would wake up.
-Rebirth of the Hero: The princess awakens from her deep sleep to the sight of the prince.
-The Task: The prince finds his way into the castle and retrieves Sleeping Beauty.
-The Initiation: The prince cuts his way through the thorns.
-The Fall: The princess pricks her finger on the spindle after taking up the evil fairy's offer.
-The Journey: The prince enters the sleeping castle finds the helpless princess.
-The Return: The princess and the prince return to her awakened family and commit to marriage.
by Daniel Weeks, Kaushika Thakuria, and Monique Spence
-The King saves Talia.
-The name of the main character (The great lord's daughter) is Talia.
Traditional Children's Version
-The name of the main character (the princess) is Briar Rose.
-The prince saves the princess.
-The astrologers isolate Talia.
-The fairies isolate the princess.
Similarities between Archaic and Traditional
Traditional Children's Version
-The King rapes Talia in her sleep.
-There is no sexual content; only a kiss.
-This fairytale discusses the Queen's involvement after the King cheats.
-The storyline remains strictly monogamous.
-The old woman uses a spindle.
-The disguised old woman uses a spindle.
-Talia falls asleep
-The princess is cursed as she falls asleep from the spell.
-The father banishes all the spindles to protect Talia.
-The princess's parents ban all spindles from the land to protect her.
-The fairies care for the children
-The fairies supply the gifts/curse
-Talia enjoys a long life with her husband and children.
-The prince and princess live happily ever after.
1. There is a lack of female figures: Talia is completely undeveloped. She serves as a placeholder for her role.
2. There is a notion of male dominance: The king sins, cheats, and rapes but remains unpunished - He even determines the punishment of others.
3. There are stereotypical social attitudes present toward the women: The queen is consumed by jealousy, and becomes overly wicked and violent.
4.The author the text is a man: It is written by Basile and reflects the perception of women in this time period.
5. The issue of gender and sexuality are central to artistic expression: "Those whom fortune favors find good luck even in their sleep."
Cultural Values/Expectations in Story
-Kindness returns to those who are kind.
-Do not allow fear to determine actions, especially if they lead to dishonorable ones.
-Life and love are not fair.
-Sometimes things happen for a reason.
-Have an independent mind while reading a story - do not assume your narrator/author is correct.
-Women are submissive.
-The male is usually the hero.
A year after the queen finds out she is unable to have children, she fears that the king will resent her. When the queen discovers that the king has been having an affair with another woman, and has two children with her, she plans the worst for everyone. Little does the queen know that the king will retaliate with fatal consequences.
-This story is written from the queen's perspective.
-Talia is awake.
-White: signifies purity and innocence
-Fire: indicates destruction and vengeance
-Green: represents The Fall of the queen to a wretched state of being
Popular Cultural References to Sleeping Beauty
-Sleeping Beauty became one of the greatest ballets of all time after its premiere in Imperial Russia in the 19th Century.
-Sleeping Beauty Disney Movie
-ABC's Once Upon a Time
Cultures in which Sleeping Beauty has been Adapted
-The tale has been translated to different languages, altering its interpretation. Some include German (Grimm Brothers) and Chinese.