Analysis Of Charles Perrault's Blue Beard

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Blue Hair, Red Hands Mystery is sexy. Although it is a thrill to meet someone new and let the imagination take over, it can be a life altering choice. No one ever truly knows another person because of the secrets that are kept by a closed lip friend, or a dead wife. The story of “Blue Beard” by Charles Perrault shows that with a beautiful bride and a house full of riches, even the darkest secrets can have light shed on them no matter how long or hard you try to hide the past from the present. Blue Beard has money, luxurious houses, and throws amazing parties but his secrets are what keep him ugly and lonely until his next victim decides to take a chance on the blue, yet charming man. Blue Beard is hideous to most women, so it is interesting …show more content…
The future bride has no background on the man attempting to court her other than he has plenty of money and this would not be his first marriage. “Another thing which made them averse to him was that he had already married several wives, and nobody knew what had become of them” (Perrault 11). To a typical social status man this would cause much more alarm than in Blue Beard’s situation because even though no one knows what happened to his previous wives, he is capable of providing and giving a lifestyle to this young woman that blinds her from questioning him further. The young woman’s fondness of Blue Beards admiration for her makes his mysterious exterior less of a threat. The color of his beard increases the mysteriousness of his appearance, showing he is a man not made from nature by either coloring his beard or being natural to him but not of human existence (Warner). The young woman should have taken his appearance as a sign of caution. The first gut feeling people got from meeting Blue Beard is that he was ugly, not saying that physical appearance defines a person, but in this case that is the truth. Blue Beard is able to use his appearance to his benefit and make the young neighbor’s daughter his wife because he has hid his mysterious past from others before her. He is a master of deceiving and getting his way, but when he gives …show more content…
It leaves the question, is the death of one person justifiable to the death of another? In this case, Blue Beard’s past caught up with him and justice was given to his previous wives unfortunate fate of being murdered. The wife unknowingly put herself at risk for being too trusting and curious to her husband’s secrets, and luckily her brothers were able to save the day. If Blue Beard would have succeeded in his original plan, there is a likelihood he would have continued on this path until he is stopped by someone else. He would not have had a change of heart and found happiness with another woman because his happiness depended on the misery of others. His beard defined who he was as a person but many chose to judge him on his character rather than appearance, which leads them into the trap he has set up with his personality disguise. People are not always who they say they are, and money does not fulfill an empty life. Finding enjoyment in life with good company is something to aspire to, don’t settle because the person sleeping in the same room could have blood stained

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