Puss in boots

1142 Words5 Pages
The human brain is one of the most complex structures in the universe. Each lobe interacts with the others through electrical currents, neurological stimulants, and responses. These stimuli are what make the human brain create, contemplate, and imagine. One of the best ways to express ones cranial curiosity is through stories. The story of “Puss in Boots” by Charles Perrault is his interpretation of French society. The early years of his reign, Louis XIV prepared France for absolute monarchy. A country with a large population, ruling France involves controlling the hearts and minds of the citizens. One of the most effective ways to control people’s hearts and minds is to control popular culture. Louis XIV accomplished this by censoring the arts. To limit ones political opponents means of criticism, is to limit criticism itself. With this political climate in mind, Charles Perrault wrote “Puss in Boots” in 1697 (Andrew Lang, The Blue Fairy Book (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., ca. 1889), pp 141-147). As a writer, one would need to protect himself or herself from state censorship. One of the best ways to safely reflect culture is through fiction. Fiction allows the author to indirectly reflect contentious aspects of their culture. Puss in Boots reflects different morals and perspectives of French culture. To adequately understand the symbolism of Puss in Boots, one must understand the plot of the story. In the beginning of the story, a poor miller divides his inheritance among his three sons. The father gave the eldest son the mill. Secondly, the father gave the middle son the donkey. To the youngest son, the father gave a cat. Disheartened by his inheritance the youngest son said, “My brothers may make a handsome living by j... ... middle of paper ... ...e seeks obtaining his ends indirectly. The cat’s approach to gaining favor with the king is similar to the systematic nature of Descartes. Beginning with the end in mind, the cat eases his way into gaining favor with the king. Initially the cat gains the kings favor by presenting food. By gradually increasing the frequency of the gifts, the cat earns special favor with the king. After the cat systematically plots to fake his masters drowning, he forces the farmers to lie about the ownership of the fields. The cat’s encounter with the ogre is also systematic. Initially the cat doubts the ogre’s ability and has the ogre show off his talent. After the ogre transforms into a lion, he doubts the ogre’s powers work to make him smaller. The cat’s end goal it to have the ogre turn into a mouse to eat him. The ogre falls for this cunning trick and the cat promptly eats him.

More about Puss in boots

Open Document