Assignment 2 - Martinez 1 Piero Martinez Professor Helfer Fairy Tales Now and Then 11 April 2019 Assignment 2 In the fairy tale “Fair-haired

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Martinez 1 Piero Martinez Professor Helfer Fairy Tales Now and Then 11 April 2019 Assignment 2 In the fairy tale “Fair-haired Eckbert” by Ludwig Tieck, allows room for wild imagination to run freely through a reader’s mind. Weird turns and plot changes intertwine to give an uncanny form of depiction about Eckbert and his wife, Bertha. They strive to live life in solitude, completely independent from the world. Yet when they interact with animals or, more specifically two individuals, they somehow ruin any future chance of continuing to interact with these life forms. Tieck’s choice of leaving the reader with his or her own imagination gives more meaning to this fairy tale. The reader is forced to question what could be real, what could have a symbolic meaning, or why are Eckbert and Bertha so fascinated with being alone. “Fair-haired Eckbert” destabilizes meaning and challenges knowledge to predict what the reader would naturally question about the true interpretation behind this tale. The tale starts off, “only now and then they would lament that heaven had not blessed their marriage with children” (30). From a higher power, Eckbert and Bertha are unable to create a family. This really secures their fate as forever being alone with each other. As the story moves forward, this became a starting point that maybe the people in their lives were imaginative figures or symbols of what their life would have been like if they had children. “His most frequent guest was Philip Walther, a man to whom he had attached himself after finding in him a way of thinking like his own” (30). Eckbert’s only
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Martinez 2 friend was more so like him, as if Walther was Eckbert’s twin soul. People that have the same interests or similarities often generate friendships because they connect with one another on a personal level. This personality interest between Eckbert and Walther seems too personal due to the fact that Tieck explained their connection as “attached.” “It is in such moments that tender souls unveil themselves…that the one recoils affrighted from the countenance of the other” (31). It seems like Tieck set this friendship up to show a balance of one person, with a possible two souls. Maybe Eckbert needed to create this second person so he could confide in himself the secrets he wasn’t capable of sharing with anyone else.
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