Blue Beard

Bluebeard was written by Charles Perrault and published in 1697. Perrault tells the tale of a wealthy but violent aristocrat who is feared and shunned because of his bluebeard. We learn that he has been married several times but the disappearances of his former wives remain a mystery to us and everyone within the story. Due to his reputation the women in the story are keen to avoid him (no wonder) however he manages to convince one of his neighbour’s daughters to visit him.

Here he throws a lovely party to woo her and soon after persuades her to marry him, which is followed by a ceremony and then before you know it she’s moved in – talk about moving fast! Upon their engagement, he announces he must leave the country for a little while and leaves all possessions in her hands including the keys to the Castle. These keys unlock every room within the castle and he encourages her to roam freely however (there is always a BUT) she is not allowed to go into one room in particular and on this note, she makes a promise to Bluebeard vowing to never look behind that door.

Now, if I am honest curiosity would have got the better of me, as it did her and one evening, whilst hosting a party she abandons her visitors and seeks out that room! Here she finds the six dead bodies of his previous wives hanging from the walls. She flees the room dropping the key on the floor (which is now covered in blood) and tells her sister of what she has just witnessed. The sisters hatch a plan to both flee the castle the very next day however Bluebeard returns home unexpectedly and knows there’s something up.

He soon discovers his wife’s betrayal and in rage threatens to kill her, she manages to buy herself some time and she locks herself in the highest tower of the castle with her Sister. Here they remain as Bluebeard tries to tear down the door to get to them and in that fatal moment, her brothers come and save the day. They kill Bluebeard, and save the sisters. They then bury all of Bluebeards dead wives and she inherits all of his fortune as bluebeard had no rightful heirs.

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