Briar Rose Essays

  • Ahab and Una's Incestuous Relationship in Naslund's Novel, Ahab's Wife

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    Ahab and Una's Incestuous Relationship in Naslund's Novel, Ahab's Wife The incestuous nature of story telling which is featured in Ahab's wife is reminiscent of the Anne Sexton's poem, Briar Rose. Una is in a constant search for sustenance. Her mind as cannot exist without the hope of learning and engulfing knowledge. As a child, it was the occupation of her father to appease her insatiable appetite. This was done with stories and the boundless possibilities she was allowed to find within the

  • Briar Rose Analysis

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    The novel Briar Rose by Jane Yolen is a heart wrenching story of Sleeping Beauty intertwined with the horrors of the Jewish Holocaust. Yolen portrays the difference between the fairytale and the ugly reality through this novel. The character, Gemma, tells a fairytale called Briar Rose to her three granddaughters every time she is with them. Gemma’s identity at the start of the novel is hidden, and Becca, Gemma's granddaughter, is on a journey to unveil and discover the truth about her identity and

  • Realism In Briar Rose

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    Natalie Comardelle Mr. LeBlanc English IV AP 19 March 2014 "Briar Rose," written by Jane Yolen, is a heart wrenching story of Sleeping Beauty intertwined with the evils of World War II. Yolen has taken the story of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) and developed two parallel stories. Becca is the granddaughter of Gemma, soon to be found out as Briar Rose. Becca promises her grandmother, Gemma, to find out the truth about her. Through the help of Stan, and Josef, Becca finds out the truth: her grandmother

  • Themes In Briar Rose

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    Imaginary stories are interesting and these stories for ages of people. In the novel Briar Rose idolizes three character Bacca, Gemma, Josef Potocki. Fairy tales original purpose was to teach people about moral, lessons regarding for example: greed, hate, envy and jealousy. In this instance, the base is “Sleeping Beauty.” The heroine of Briar Rose is Becca Berlin, a young Jewish woman who grew up hearing her grandmother (nicknamed Gemma) tell the tale. Her grandmother Gemma dies, she tells Becca

  • Childrens Literature and the Holocaust

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    that regardless of location, the effects of the Holocaust are felt on survivors parenting. The children of survivors receive a secondary traumatic impact by being forced to deal with the impact the Holocaust had directly on their parents. The novel Briar Rose by Jane Yolen is an example of a Holocaust survivor sharing her experiences through a fictionalized tale made for young adults. Some may believe that a traditional, educationally focused history source or a first hand account from a survivor is

  • Anne Sexton and "Briar Rose"

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    In “Briar Rose,” Anne Sexton utilizes a classic fairy tale to inform the reader of her own childhood experiences with sexual abuse. Instead of simply retelling the story, she puts a new twist on it and transforms it into an elaborate metaphor: Sexton is the Briar Rose from her own story. Not so much a cry for help as a plea for awareness, Sexton uses carefully crafted words to depict Briar Rose’s and her own struggle to expose the perpetrator of sexual abuse. She also uses her adaptation of the

  • Literary Analysis: Briar Rose

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    In “Briar Rose,” it is clear that Anne Sexton uses a classic fairy tale to tell of her own childhood experiences with sexual abuse. Instead of simply retelling the story, she puts a new twist on it and transforms it into an elaborate metaphor. Not so much a cry for help as a plea for awareness, Sexton uses carefully crafted words to depict her own struggle to expose the perpetrator. She also uses her adaptation of the story to address the issue of cultures ignoring sexual violence altogether. In

  • Character Analysis: Briar Rose

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    What are the intended messages for the audiences that Yolen communicates through Gemma's modify version of Sleeping Beauty? Jane Yolen's dynamic novel Briar Rose targets two main audiences and the inexplicit messages that each audience receive are different through Gemma's fairy tale. The two audiences in Briar Rose are Gemma's granddaughters and the reader reading the whole book. Gemma's modified version of Sleeping Beauty targets the granddaughters; however, it particularly captures Rebecca's

  • Little Briar-Rose Comparison

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    Beauty, “Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty)”, by Anne Sexton is more modern and has added imagery than the original version “Little Briar-Rose” by The Grimm brothers. Anne Sexton and The Grimm Brothers write completely different and it shows in their pieces. There are many techniques in the writing that these authors chose to make one version be more up to date and descriptive than the other version. In Grimm’s version, magical wise women are invited to a great feast and bestowed gifts to Briar-Rose. Anne

  • Grimm's Fairytales - The Most Gruesome Tales Every Told

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    Tales, holds an extremely critical view of the tales told, and the content in them. She states, "Even those who know that Snow White's stepmother arranges the murder of her stepdaughter, that doves peck out the eyes of Cinderella's stepsisters, that Briar Rose'...

  • Analysis Of Little Briar Rose

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    Little Briar Rose “The fairy tale, which to this day is the first tutor of children because it was once the first tutor of mankind, secretly lives on in the story. The first true storyteller is, and will continue to be, the teller of fairy tales. Whenever good counsel was at a premium, the fairy tale had it, and where the need was greatest, its aid was nearest. This need was created by myth. The fairy tale tells us of the earliest arrangements that mankind made to shake off the nightmare which myth

  • Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

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    Jane Yolen's use of structure in the novel Briar Rose is very clever. Her use of allegory and the technique of parallel narrative is very effective in conveying her story which she delivers in a superb fashion. Elements of the story are reveled at specific times to tie in with the theme of growth and development both personal and historical. The use of allegory drives the story along. It is a constant reminder of The Holocaust to ensure the reader is not too captivated by the fairy tale element

  • Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

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    The book Briar Rose follows closely with the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. Becca Berlin’s grandmother, Gemma, was being held in a secret concentration camp called Chelmno. She was put in the gas chamber and she was rendered unconscious rather than dead. She was dumped in a ditch with dead bodies. Josef Potocki and his band of rebels where tampering with the railroads leading to and from the camp. The group finds Gemma in the ditch and the doctor of the group, Avenger, revives her with CPR. Gemma and

  • Briar Rose Archetypal Analysis Essay

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    the tale was written by the Grimm Brothers, which was named “Briar Rose.” The fairy tale of “Briar Rose” been around for hundreds of years and has inspired many other versions to follow such as “Snow White.” “Briar Rose” is appealing to so many readers because it has components of royalty, romance, and a happy resolution. Through analyzing the history, archetypal elements, and the psychological value of “Briar Rose,” the tale of “Briar Rose” is a story that has and will continue

  • Little Briar Rose And Big Fish Character Analysis

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    the ideals of people or a group. There are two stories we will be strictly focusing on. Those stories will be, Little Briar Rose and Big Fish. In Little Briar Rose, the cultural hero is the prince. He is a hero to Briar Rose. Meanwhile, in Big Fish the cultural hero is Edward Bloom. He is a hero to his culture. Both of these stories use two different mediums. In Little Briar Rose is a fairy tale told through print and Big Fish is a tall tale told through film. While it depends on the genre and how

  • Scarlet Letter Rosebush Symbolize

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    still today synonymous with beauty. Briar Rose was the story of a child whose been cursed to sleep until awaken by her true love. Briar is the icon of innocence and beauty, just as the rosebush within the scarlet letter. The rosebush is a powerful symbol, even though it only shows up twice. The very first mention of the rosebush explains it rooted beside the door to the prison, “But, on one side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold, was a wild rose-bush.” The rosebush represents beauty

  • Roses in Fairy tales: Traditional Belief vs. The Language of the Flowers.

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    meaning. One of the most famous elements within fairy tale literature is the rose. The rose has been a long time symbol of romance and love. However there are many types of different roses and some species are only native to certain areas. Then besides the fact of species and location, one must also take into account color symbolism as well, which also varies by culture. These definitions of this age old symbol, the rose, evolved over time as cultures came into contact with what has now called the

  • Toni Morrison's Sula - Character of Sula as a Rose

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    The Character of Sula as a Rose Authors developed the canon in order to set a standard of literature that most people needed to have read or to have been familiar with. The works included in the canon used words such as beautiful, lovely, fair, and innocent to describe women. The canonical works also used conventional symbols to compare the women to flowers such as the rose and the lily. Thomas Campion depicts the typical description of women in his poem, "There is a Garden in Her Face." He describes

  • American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes

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    The color red, primarily used in the symbol of a rose, is the most prominent and memorable visual image of the film. The American Beauty rose is a “perpetual rose”, one that regrows every year and is known for its blood red color. When the film opens and we are introduced to Carolyn, the uptight wife of the film’s protagonist Lester, she is snipping the growing roses at the stem symbolizing her stifled and loveless marriage. We see Carolyn’s roses a few other times in the film essentially dying

  • American Beauty

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    typical ordinary suburban neighborhood. But what Mendes emphasizes throughout the film is to look closer, and it will be clear that nothing is as it seems, there is always more to the story then what appears on the surface. No one is perfect, even a rose has its thorns. American Beauty's main focus is on the threesome which is the Burnhams family. He delves into each of their characters until we truly get the closest look at them possible, as the film unfolds each being's true beauty, or lack of,