Comparing The Frog King And The Tiger's Bride, By Angela Carter

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Fairy tales are one genre of stories; they, like many others, often intertwine a lesson with their plots. As societies have progressed over time, so have the ideals which are upheld as expectations of everyone; one such example is patriarchy. Even as late as one hundred years ago, females were not viewed as equals to men, and were, as a result, barred from participating in duties such as voting or receiving equal pay. As illustrated by “The Frog King,” women in the nineteenth century were expected to live a subordinate life (Grimm and Grimm 51); this contrasts with Angela Carter’s modern interpretation of “Beauty and the Beast” through her 1993 work, “The Tiger’s Bride,” which depicts the female protagonist as taking fearless risks and refusing to accept being objectified in this manner (Carter 54). While works of the past such as The Brothers Grimm’s “The Frog King” glorify a frail female character by rewarding her with a “happily-ever-after,” Carter’s protagonist rebels against the set stereotype and exudes …show more content…
Although biases against females still exist today, 1993 was a modern enough time to recognize the equality between these two genders. Carter, thus, panders to an audience with a more open set of views than that of traditional tales. As it is a story, and not an analysis, the logos can only go so far as to disown patriarchy as a concept of the past. By contrast, in the 1812 tale, “The Frog King,” patriarchy itself could be identified as the logos due to the highly influential - and almost unarguable - power held by the Grimm Brothers. Yours, Mine, or Ours? makes the enlightening observation “That Wilhelm freely revised… many of the classic tales to reflect his own aesthetic and moral values” (Haase 360). In some ways, the preferences of these stars were turned into aspects of German cultural and societal norms (Haase