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Female Curiosity: The Piano and Bluebeard

Female Curiosity

Curiosity is often defined as a strong desire to know or learn something. Being filled to the brim with curiosity is one of the most amazing feelings. Finding something you are interested in and wanting to know every single thing there is to know about it. Being inquisitive is such a powerful thing, always wanting to see more, to hear more, to do more, to be more. It makes people who they are, if someone is not very curious, they might be very dull because they know what they know and they are content with that. It is the naturally curious people that get more out of life, because they are always searching for something more, something bigger and brighter, and often they find it. But, in certain situations, being overly curious can land you in a place you did not plan on being and a place you do not want to be. This shows through certain works of literature, for example, Charles Perrault’s story “Bluebeard”. Through the ages, this story has been tagged as one about the negative effects of female curiosity. Bluebeard’s wife in the story is given a key by her husband to a locked door in their home. She is told to not go in that specific room, but overwhelmed with curiosity she does anyway. Another work, a film in fact, The Piano directed by Jane Campion, is an adaptation of “Bluebeard” and makes some very distinct references to it. The Piano also points to themes of female curiosity through the main character Ada McGrath. Ada is married to a man named Alistair whom she had never met. She begins to have an affair with another man, named George Baines, under unusual circumstances. Her husband finds out and naturally blames it on her “female curiosity”, and proceeds to punish her. Her punishment is similar to the pu...

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