Charles Perrot: non-children's fairy tales. What do we end up with?

The prince is looking for a girl on whose finger a ring of incredibly small size will fit. He gives a cry throughout the kingdom, and girls of all classes are in a hurry to try their luck. However, the ring is so small that no one can squeeze into it. Then they resort to tricks:

And the girls? - One is sitting in her closet
And sharpening his finger hard float, the other tries a knife
And the third, finger smeared with castor oil, his - in a vice or in tight bagasse,
And this hand is burning expensive medicine ...

Can you imagine this masochism? This is how you want to become a princess, to sharpen a finger with a knife, like a pencil!

But that's not all. After all, the Donkey skin is none other than a princess who escaped from the palace practically from under the crown. And who wanted to marry her? Yes, the father himself! After the death of his wife, the king did not suffer very long in solitude and did not find anyone more suitable for the role of the new wife in the district, like his own daughter. Having risen to her with genuine passion, the father performed all the quirks of his daughter, if only she would quickly lie with him on the bed. He even tore off the skin of a magic donkey, who was shitting with gold and silver and was, in fact, a gold mine for the treasury.

What do we end up with? Sadism and incest. And Freud's fans did not miss the opportunity to point out the sodomy and desire of the girl to quickly lose her virginity. The ring that the princess sends to the prince - the symbol of the vagina, thirsting for her to penetrate.

The image of a runaway princess hiding in a lamb skin so that she would not be recognized is also present in the medieval novel. "Perseforest". In the novel Bonavertyura Deperye "Parnet" Father against the matchmaking of a certain nobleman to his daughter and, in order to discourage the disagreeable groom, makes his daughter put on donkey skin and collect grain from the floor with her tongue.

A similar situation occurs with characters in a fairy tale. "Cinderella"where the prince is looking for a condescending shoe. The shoe itself and its fitting, as is the case with the ring, mean, according to psychoanalysts, defloration.

The most interesting thing is that Perro's shoe is not at all crystal, but is trimmed with fur. The tale is called: "Cinderella, or slipper trimmed with fur". So where did the glass slipper come from? By the way, if you think about it, such a shoe is not only impractical due to its fragility, but quite uncomfortable and rather traumatic!

Even if we turn to similar tales of other authors (345 variants!), Then there we will not meet anything like that.

Perro is talking about a shoe trimmed with fur (vair - an old French word meaning fringe of squirrel fur or ermine). Perhaps this is the result of an incorrect translation, or once an error occurred while typing and instead of vair have written verre - glass, and already with time the glass slipper ennobled and became crystal.

Not passed the bloody glory and this tale. In the North American version of Cinderella's older sister, she wants so much to marry the prince, that she, in order to squeeze herself into a little shoe, on the advice of the mother chops off her big toe. The prince, apparently, does not notice anything unusual, and having rejoiced that he found the bride, he puts her on a horse to take her to the castle. They would have married a blind-minded prince in an impostor, but when they drove past the grave of their mother, the birds sang:

Look back, look back!
Blood dripping from a shoe, ...

The prince returns the deceiver back, but there is still the middle daughter, who, too, has the creep of wanting to be crowned special. Not long thinking about options, she cuts off her heel! And what about the prince? Plants and carries her to the palace. It is good that Cinderella's mother does not sleep even in the grave!

In a fairy tale "Rike with a tuft" The theme sounds: "Love of love, love and ...", in the sense that a man in love does not notice the shortcomings of the object of love.

As in other fairy tales, there are also many deviations from the norm in terms of psychology, well, it's not hard to guess that the crest on Rick's head is a phallic symbol.

In the story "Boy with a finger" D. A. Decaly saw oral sadism and primitive cannibalism in the plot.

"Griselda" just full of sado-maso. First, the prince falls deeply in love with the shepherdess, makes her his wife, loves and gives presents. When they have a daughter, he admires the touching picture of universal love and harmony, but then something clicks in his head, and he begins to invent all sorts of tests of loyalty for his wife, to the point that he takes her daughter and soon announces baby dead. He looks at the torment of his wife and in moments of remorse he suffers himself.

When her daughter grew up and, when she herself fell in love, was about to get married, the father suddenly had a new insidious plan for testing his wife’s loyalty and obedience. He announces to her that she is old and can return to his wretched forest hut, and he has found a new love for himself. He is going to marry his own daughter, and the old wife has to arrange the wedding with all his pomp. And only having thoroughly tormented everyone, bringing his farce to the last features, he tells his wife the joyful news that he will not marry another and that the young bride is none other than their joint daughter. If before this unfortunate woman slavishly endured all the machinations of her husband, then this joyful news almost deprived her of life.

Another tale "Funny wishes"sprouts on the mighty roots of folk tales. Before you wish - think carefully, because desires can be fulfilled!

Freudians, however, saw castration problems in a fairy tale. In the bloody sausage made by her husband for dinner, there is a phallic symbol and the desire for anal sex, and the fact that with a careless second desire he sticks this sausage to his wife's nose - the desire to kill her.

In general, as you can see, the tales of Charles Perrault are still a well of symbols. But I doubt that Perrot himself thought about the phallic symbols or virginity of young princesses. But although it did not occur to him to consider his stories from such an angle, he nevertheless put his own meaning in them and endowed with morality, which he himself also deduced in verses, apparently, in order not to burden the crown-bearing and other state heads. And perhaps fearing that the misinterpretation of his stories would lead his own head to the block.

Whatever it was, and to read the tales of Charles Perrault in the original in our age is very interesting and exciting ... But not for children!


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