The three tales, “Bluebeard”, “Fitcher’s Bird”, and “The Robber Bridegroom” are similar yet contain many differences. All centralize around the idea of a young girl going with an older man and finding dead people. At the end of each tale the men die. In the tale “Bluebeard”, the man has a blue beard, the young girl and blue beard actually get married, and there are numerous Christian motifs. In “Fitcher’s Bird”, a sorcerer comes to the home of three young girls and enchants each one one at a time and brings them home with him in a basket he carries on his back. He kills the first two because they were curious and they dropped their egg in blood. The third tricks him and disguises herself using honey and feathers. In “The Robber Bridegroom”, a robber tricks a girl into thinking he is rich, and when she comes to his house she realizes he’s evil and hides behind a barrel. The robbers bring in a girl, kill her, and chop one of her fingers off to get her ring. The ring lands on the girl’s lap but she eventually escapes with the old lady that helped her. In both “Bluebeard” and “Fitcher’s Bird” the girls are told not to go into a specific room yet they do and they drop an object (a key or an egg) and the object is covered in blood that the girl can’t wash off.
My favorite version of this tale is “Bluebeard”. “Bluebeard” is actually my favorite tale of all time even though it gave me nightmares when I was younger. I enjoyed reading the other tales like it, but “Blue Beard” holds a special place in my heart. I love the idea of the key never being able to be cleaned, and how the young girl’s brothers come and save her. As a child I was most afraid of Blue Beard because, unlike the young girl, I had no older brothers to come save me. If I had married Blue Beard I would’ve been screwed because I am very curious and I have no one to save me.