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Briar Rose Stephanie Warner Dr. Bachem GRE 231
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Warner 2 A princess cursed by a revenge-seeking fairy, being pricked by a spindle, century- long slumber only to be awakened by true loves first kiss, a prince slashing through briars, and happily ever after. These are just a few of the things that come to mind when one hears the words Briar Rose. Yet, when the words Robert Coover are added to the mix some different images come to mind. Robert Coover takes a very enticing and modern approach on the classic fairy tale, Briar Rose. He addresses issues within the tale that one would not normally think about when reading Briar Rose. These elements make Robert Coover’s Briar Rose a very interesting read. The traditional Briar Rose by the Grimm Brothers tells the story from a third person point of view. It does not go into much detail about the different characters’ thoughts and feelings. It is very plot driven and has a little bit of detail but not much. Coover’s Briar Rose has three main characters, the prince, the princess, and the old crone (witch/fairy). The book follows the three characters and in a sense puts the reader in the three different characters’ shoes. Coover’s Briar Rose is still written in third person, but the reader gets a sense of the confusion and frustrations the princess is feeling, the hopes and doubts of the prince, and the joy the old crone is getting from confusing the princess in her slumber. The story jumps from each different character after each section and sometimes the narration will jump between characters within a section. Every time following what that character is feeling, thinking about, and doing. All of this confusion is amplified by the peculiar way Coover chose to write the story. Coover wrote Briar Rose with many different levels of reality and unreality. The text will seem to be telling the reader what is going on with the prince or princess at any given moment in the story, but then it may recount things dreamt or imagined by them, or
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Warner 3 stories that have been told by them or to them. For instance, the beginning of page 34 starts out with, “she is awakened by a band of ruffians, all having a go on her lifeless body, sometimes more than one at a time,” unless the reader is reading carefully it can be hard to tell what is real and what is just imagination or a dream. This makes the book very confusing at times. It takes a very alert reader to keep things straight in the story. Coover may have done this to amplify the confusion of the princess and demonstrate the maze of briars the prince has to go through. Each different thought and doubt that comes to the prince’s mind could be another patch of briars he has to slash through to get to his prize. Each different story that is told or dreamt by the princess makes her even more confused in her slumber, and confused about who she is and what her purpose is in life. She is always wondering if the story she is hearing is about her. She sometimes feels like
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