Every fairytale has the same, happy, predictable ending, right? Most love a happy ending to a story that they have read. A Secret Sorrow by Karen Van Der Zee, and “A Sorrowful Woman” by Gail Godwin, are two amazing pieces showing a woman and her lover. One might not expect the way that both of the stories go. Both the man’s love towards the woman, endings, and theme are very similar, but they have differences. I like the “Sorrowful Woman” more because it is more realistic and it does not have the same fairytale ending that you would expect, and would not allow you to foreshadow the ending. In both stories, the man loves the woman with all of their heart. They both have their eyes on a woman of their dreams, whether he already has her or not. In A Secret Sorrow, the guy said, “‘I love you,’ he said huskily. ‘I love you’” (Van der Zee 32). Kai loved this woman with all of …show more content…
One ending was the expected fairytale type of ending while the other was a sad and depressing one. In the first selection the ending stated, “And in the warm afterglow of lovemaking, their bodies close together, she knew that to him she was everything, to him she was the only woman, beautiful, complete, whole” (Van der Zee 38). This is a very happy ending because the guy, after so many attempts, captured the girl of his dreams. This is just like the fairytale that almost every person would want to read. However, the second selection was not as expected when it went, “‘Look mommy is sleeping,’ said the boy…. The father put down his face into her fresh-washed hair. ‘Can we eat the turkey for supper?’ the boy asked” (Godwin 42). This is a depressing ending because the wife died and her husband loved her so much, while the boy had no clue what was going on. The boy was the happiest he has ever been and does not realize that it would be the saddest day of his life. The young boy loved his mother, but did not receive the love that he
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Fortunately, they both have friends who help them in trouble. In the end, they both are saved by a prince who loves them very much and marries them. Both stories give the lesson to the young girls that the wage of being humble, enduring and good will get rewarded in the end while being wicked will get punished in the end. The children learn that whatever they do to someone will always come back to them in the end. For example, if they treat others fairly, the good will be returned to them, but if they treat the others unfairly, they will receive a curse or
In these two stories both of the main character have there happy ending at the end of the story. In the short story ‘Ashputtle’ after all she has been through her evil family and her mother dying at such a young age. Ashputtle finally got the happy ending that she was hoping for: “On the day Ashputtle’s wedding.” (Straub 858) This quote shows out of her her evil step sisters the prince finally found out Ashputtle is the girl he has been looking for all along. Ashputtle finally had the wedding she has alway
In conclusion Cinderella gets mistreated by people who you would think should have love and affection for her but find loves in the end. The two versions can be summarized this way: (1) Both talk about a beautiful young girl who was treated slave, deprived of going to a ball and found a way to get there, not knowing the love of her life would be there. (2)She faced a trial overcame it with happiness in the
Both stories deal with a young girl who, with the help of a little magic, is able to find her prince and live happily ever after. Needless to say on of these versions is much darker than the other, but the story sends an overall good message.
Depression is often triggered by a negative event, such as divorce, illness, or the loss of a loved one. Grief and depression present very similar symptoms: dysphoric mood, feelings of guilt, cognitive slowness, fatigue, appetite changes, and recurrent thoughts of death. Whether a grieving person should be diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a matter of significant controversy among healthcare professionals.
Highly similar in form, they are both short works, collected as fairy tales with similar plot structure (a woman becomes engaged, visits her betrothed’s home, discovers he is a murderer by witnessing the dismembering of a maiden behind a cask/barrel, retains evidence of the crime in the form of the maiden’s severed hand with a ring, and exposes the betrothed’s crimes via public storytelling, resulting in his punishment). Neither tale requires a happily ever after beyond the bridegroom’s punishment, though Jacobs’ punishment is more brutal. Notably, Grimm’s bridegroom is more brutal himself, with graphic torture of the maiden and cannibalistic tendencies. Jacobs’ bridegroom acts alone, a serial murderer, while Grimm’s bridegroom is a member of robber band. Jacobs’ characters are more fully formed, with greater detail ascribed to his named characters. Jacobs and Grimms’ stories revolve around high and working class circumstances respectively, contrasting a lady with a miller’s daughter, a mere home with a castle, and an ax with a sword. The framing of both variations has the heroine as the central character, with her personal account of the bridegroom’s crimes matching the narrative’s version in diction and syntax. Both heroines draw power from narratives, spinning tales like the female character of the storyteller featured in many collections. They also obscure their accusations using a
...fts that each young man offers are not even received by the woman of whom they are infatuated with. It is in that moment in each story that the reader feels the just how much despair has truly reached the character. In both of these stories the boys inteded on winning their love is the same. Joyce’s character of a young Irish boy offers a material gift to win over his young women, where Updike’s character offers himself up as a protector to his queen against anything circumstance that chooses to oppose her.
Most people have fallen in love at least once in their lives. I too fall in this category. Just like any Disney movie that you watch, people fall in love with each other, and they get married and live happily ever after right? Wrong! In real life, there are some strange things that can happen, including death, divorce, or other weird things that you never see in Disney movies. Robert Browning’s literary works are great examples of “Non-Fairytale Endings.” Not only does Browning have endings in his stories that aren’t the norm in children movies, but he also has some twisted and interesting things happen in the story of lovers. In Robert Browning’s works, Porphyria’s Lover, and My Last Duchess, the speakers can be both compared and contrasted.
There are few ways in which the two versions are alike. The most obvious is that they tell the same story, albeit with a slight variation at some points, but in essence, the story told is the same. They are both about a knight who committed a crime against a woman and was sent on a quest by the queen to learn “what women most desire.” Throughout his journey, the knight asked many women what they most desired and received varied answers. Dejected, the knight travels back to the kingdom to receive his punishment, but he comes across an old woman. She tells him what women most desire, the knight is acquitted, and he is forced to marry the old woman. In the end, the knight allows the old woman to choose whether she would like to be beautiful or faithful, so she becomes a beautiful and faithful young woman because the knight learned his lesson about women. Moreover, by glancing at the two poems, it is obvious that the length is similar.
A young girl is forced to live with her step-mother and step-sisters after her father and mother die. She becomes the maid of the family, tending to their every need. Eventually there is a ball; she acquires a fairy Godmother, goes to the ball, falls in love with the prince, blah blah blah. All you really need to know is that she has a happy ending. A happy ending. No matter how much suffering she went through in her early years, at the end, it all came together and she had no more worries. And this is the problem. Cinderella is not realistic. It never was and never will be. Watching this movie when I was young made me believe there was a prince waiting for me somewhere. I grew up thinking that life was simple and uncomplicated, that I did not need to worry about the future because there was a man that would provide everything I wanted and needed. But as I got older, I realized this was not the case. I saw many of my friend’s parents divorce, people die, and the world fight with each other. My fantasy died off, and I realized I had to work hard for myself, and not others. The poem Cinderella by Anne Sexton made fun of the ending of Cinderella. She states, “Cinderella and the prince / lived … happily ever after … / their darling smiles pasted on for eternity. / Regular Bobbsey Twins. / That story.” (Sexton 11). Notice who she referenced and how she has a sarcastic tone. Cinderella and the prince smiled for others, trying to convince
Even though the two versions are extremely similar, they contain slightly different morals. When the Grimm Brothers wrote their story, the world was a different place and children did not need to be babied. That is why they chose to write such a cruel ending to their version. In the modern-day Cinderella, there is a profusion of magic and there is no violence, which is a change from the original story. By changing this and the ending, children receive a different message from the story. However, both stories give kids hope that they will live happily ever after.
In society there is a longing for a story to have a nice and neat happy ending. Broadway and the theater originally would give this to their audience, especially in America. Give the audience what the want! They want happy endings that mirror their own values and interpretations of how the world should be and at the end of it should be, “and they all lived happily ever after.” The fairy tale ending is something society hopes, dreams, and strives for since we could listen to our parents read us fairy tales with these sweet stories of finding true love and having to fight the odds to be the Prince or Princess you deserve to be. With Into the Woods, Lapine and Sondheim sought out to explore what could go wrong with “happily ever after.” Effectively leaving the audience with the adage, “be careful what you ask for…”
Anne Sexton’s poem “Cinderella” is filled with literary elements that emphasize her overall purpose and meaning behind this satirical poem. Through the combination of enjambment stanzas, hyperboles, satire, and the overall mocking tone of the poem, Sexton brings to light the impractical nature of the story “Cinderella”. Not only does the author mock every aspect of this fairy tale, Sexton addresses the reader and adds dark, cynical elements throughout. Sexton’s manipulation of the well-known fairy tale “Cinderella” reminds readers that happily ever after’s are meant for storybooks and not real life.
In both short stories, two people who originally love each other end up with one person distancing themselves the other. In one we see a fantasy holding a relationship together and in the other we see it mediating a relationship falling apart. Thus it can be seen that in both cases, fantasies and illusions are not the surest way to hold together a bond between two people.