Friday, October 5, 2012

Let's Reflect

So far, this class has been awesome. I have learned exactly what I wanted to. This ranges from the truth behind each disney adaptation and the analysis given by several authors about what each fairy tale truly means. 
I loved working on my presentation and discovering other's thoughts about Hansel and Gretel. I have kept up on the readings which has not been very difficult and normally the classroom work is just as simple to keep up with while still greatly expanding my knowledge. 
I love watching the movies on Wednesday and getting to compare them with the originals. The class itself is otherwise time consuming with the various workshops and lectures but it's an understandable part of the FYS process. This class along with the peer mentors have helped me a lot throughout this first semester and hopefully will continue to help me!

Snow White and the Seven

The Grimm version of Snow White was for once not completely different from Disney's adapted version. The only real changes lie in the times Snow White is tricked by her stepmother and the way her stepmother is punished for this. 
I personally enjoyed the Disney movie more for several reasons. Snow White seems a little bit smarter because she does not make the same mistake three times over of trusting an old woman. I also like the movie better because Disney puts depth into the characters of the dwarfs.
Originally these seven little men were only a place of safety for Snow White to run away to but Disney adapted them into a fully necessary part of the story.
I also enjoyed the movie more because instead of making it seem like the dwarfs were forcing Snow White to clean their house, she willingly did it on her own. She agreed to keep cleaning but also made rules of her own concerning the dwarfs hygiene. I also enjoyed the common aspects of any Disney movie that were added to this story. Those being, the addition of magic, helpful animal friends, and a prince that loved Snow White from the start. I think Disney did help the fairy tales by adapting them for more modern times with a very timeless tale that can be passed down. Keeping up with the Zeitgeist keeps the fairy tales alive for generations to come.