Monday, 13 October 2008

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

I think when we are children we take everything for face value. That is probably the greatest blessing of being a child, lack of cynicism i.e. innocence. That is the reason kids should not rush to grow up. As you grow older you begin to doubt and suspect and poke fingers at, to the point of which, some people even resent other peoples innocence.

Anyway ... back to my point of taking stuff at face value ... We never analyzed the fairytales and nursery rhymes that we read. Well I know I never did. Recently I was thinking about Goldilocks and the Three Bears (don't ask why) and there were some things I realised. I'm sure everyone has read the story and know it quite well. If you haven't ... Wow, your parents must not have loved you too much. Anyway here is a link to a succint version of the story.

Here is my grownup analysis of Goldilocks

  • Goldilocks was a very intrusive person, as well as very fussy, she must have been Indian.
  • Why didn't Mother Bear make one pot of porridge instead of 3 different bowls? The different heat suggests they were made at different times.
  • Goldilocks must have been really fat to break the Baby Bears chair.
  • Mother Bear and Father Bear must have been having marital problems, considering they were sleeping on separate beds.
  • Those bears had horrible reaction time. She had time to jump up and scream Help and run away and they didn't do anything.
  • Bears can't talk.
Till next time in Waseem world.


Azra said...


Our minds have been poisoned...we have been brainwashed. Fairytales really do mess us up do you know that?

I mean look at made me believe that the Prince was coming too. Actually all of these fairytales have given women worldwide unrealisitic expectations of relationships, love and men...and as a result, it encouraged neuroticism and pessimism... and has toyed with the female population's concept of self-worth and scarred their self-esteem :)

Saaleha Bamjee-Mayet said...

I'm sure people have already attempted modern re-tellings, but I'd really like to see a Snow White who succeeds in unionising the dwarves and who swears off GM apples.

KiLLa said...

This was funny..

Goldilocks an Indian.. Good one..

But then again.. If she was indian.. She would have took th 1st porridge bowl.. Taken it to the spice cupboard.. Added elachi and pistachios to it.. Played a bit with the sugar levels.. And by the time it was ready to eat, the heat would be right for her..

Trinity said...

LOL...All fairy tales do teach kids something, how ever warped it may seem…the biggest lesson was Good vs. Evil and that Good will always win.

What was Goldilocks lesson? Don’t break into peoples houses? Or break in, eat and then leave??

Sofi said...

i agree,. also, it would be great if we can restore some of that innocence in children as well as their elders as sometimes it seems even young children's innocence is stolen and brainwashed (training young soldiers in Africa for eg).

Funnily enogh, for some bizzare reason, i was also thinking about the 3 bears story an hour or so ago, much before i read this entry.

>>... your parents must not have loved you too much.

Or they just werent conformers?

>>Actually all of these fairytales have given women worldwide unrealisitic expectations of relationships, love and men...and as a result, it encouraged neuroticism and pessimism... and has toyed with the female population's concept of self-worth and scarred their self-esteem

woah. so what are you saying Azra? Fairytales shouldnt exist?

Azra said...

Sofi - Its all fine an dandy to tell fact, I still like to hear them now and then...I just believe that kids should be aware that it is what it is...a fairytale...a story...and that in life, you will have disappointments, and that everything doesnt always transpire the way the story does...that its ok to fail now and then...

Like I tell my 5 year old sister(after reading Snow White)...""Sometimes we dont get what we want, and then we have to re-evaluate the situation, and try again. The less expectations you have, the less disappointed you'll be in life""...she usually looks at me then and smiles :)

Sofi said...

hmm. perhaps unrealistic expectations makes one reach higher and aim for something more than they would otherwise have hoped for? i dont see it as negatively as your good self, with all due respect. in fact, i am of the opinion that disappointments are part and parcel of one's life; why train young children to expect them, when you know they will learn it all through experience anyway?

KimyaShafinaaz said...

good one! some of the fairytales are brainwashing tools that may have worked 'then' and not quite 'now'. others refer to classical symbols that are replicated in the movies. goldilocks reads like modern day economics. lol. regarding rewriting the old stuff... i recently read a contribution at thoughtleader about the re-written works of enid blyton in keeping with modern day language usage... things like 'oh golly' flushed out. new greetings appear, like 'hey' and people like franny and uncle dick (haha) are now frankie and uncle rick. why? just so that we avoid the giggles of the rather better informed new generation of primary schoolers. sigh :P

KimyaShafinaaz said...

oops. i quoted from memory, and im awefuL at paraphrasing...
heres the link if any1 wants to have a better read...

KimyaShafinaaz said...

Azra said...

Sofi - I agree with Shafinaaz

The stories may have worked their magic once...but not any more. Look at the world's perception of simple terms, if you're not skinny and white with rosy cheeks ie. Snow White, then you're ugly. These are negative influences that are imposed on children...people want to know what went wrong with the worlds perception of "looks"...its right in front of our eyes.

Its one thing to reach for the stars...thats called ambition...its quite another to have expectations that have no chance of materialising. And its up to the adult to ensure that the child does not build these sand castles in the air, to only come crashing down... To learn from a situation is good...but to build yourself up to be torn down is avoidable devastation. And to have the adult endorse that behaviour is even worse. Its called negative reinforcement and can be detrimental to the childs psyche. Its like a portal that sucks you in.

Saaleha Bamjee-Mayet said...

Did anyone else feel disorientated and a little betrayed when they found out that Caroline Keene and Franklin W Dixon weren't real people?

Waseem said...

Saals, your first comment is an idea I thought of, I was thinking about doing Aladdin, cos I watched it recently. Second comment, I admit I had to google them cos I didnt remember their names, but the revelation is quite startling. At least Enid Blyton is real.

Azra, Sofi, Shafinaaz - Not to be diplomatic but I think both arguments have merit. Fairytales are good source of wonderment and escapism but just like when your kid is watching TV, they need to understand some stuff isn't real. Maybe there is a right age for this though, because you dont want your child to become too cynical.

On other hand, it would be horrible parenting if your young easily impressionable child had to say 'I wanna be an astronaut', and you were to say 'Ya, and I wanna be a Simba Chippie' Some dreams need to be nurtured even if they dont reach fruition.

I am no parent though, it just my thoughts.

As for adaptinng stories for modern audiences, I think if it gets kids reading, I'm all for it.

Trinity - I think the lesson was lock your doors if you going for a walk :)

Killa - if Goldilocks were really Indian she would come while they eating, make the bears make porridge for her, and take some porridge home in a tupperware.

Zahera said...

Lewis Caroll was a paedophile! Nuff said! Fairy tales are weird and yes i cried when i realised how not so innocent they are. They have subliminal messages. Thankgod i dont like over analysing things huh :-D

Nooj said...

zesty you lie!
wasn't carolyne keene the nancy drew author
shafs- i read the article and it felt like my memories were being modified by that thing in harry potter or men in black
it's not a cool feeling
i think they should leave the originals, they are a testament to a certain point in literary history and a true reflection of the zeitgeist in those times. why can't we just accept that??

Sofi said...

Waseem, you hit the nail on its head to sum up where i was coming from: "Maybe there is a right age for this though, because you dont want your child to become too cynical." in effect, you are taking away a child's innocence.

put simply: when i learned about these fairytales, in my era, all these fairytales had a moral story to them and no one analysed them enough to dig out homosexual or hidden agendas etc etc. and neither did any of us think it was demoralising or detrimental to one's mental state [lol?]. as for the enid blyton revelations: again, i saw no camp references and since we're in the times of analysing and bringing in the shrinks, i'm really not surprised.

point is: you can find anything you want in stories, if you are that way inclined :D

and i also agree that they might not work so much these days...that's probably because most of us telling the stories are cynical pessimists or for those who live in that said fairy tale world: realists.


now, i have to go find my prince, so that's really all on this matter from me. ciao.

Azra said...

Saleeha - I was devastated LOL

Waseem - Its all relative.

Sofi - I know hundreds on people who have an issue with the way beauty is perceived in this world...and where did that being? Innocent stories.

Life is about balance. We dont want cynical kids but you can't over-indulge them either...

Work in Progress said...

Lmao. Yeah everyone grows up listening to fairytales but it only leads to unrealistic expectations - a world that is warm and fuzzy where u always get a happy ending. It's not even remotely close to the truth and allows you to develop a false sense of reality.

I don't think that it motivates you to aim higher but rather leaves you disillusioned when you discover that you don't really have a fairy Godmother.

I'm probably more cynical than the average person but I think u need a thick skin to get through life without letting people trample all over u. I think u need failure and disappointment and heartache so that u don't keep living in this little bubble thinking everything is going to be ok. Sometimes life deals hard blows and u just have to learn a lesson, pick urself up and go on.

Goldilocks should have been arrested for breaking into the three bears' house - now that would teach kids a lesson. And maybe we'd have fewer spoilt brats with a sense of entitlement.

desert demons said...

Those fairytales are a bit messed up man! Goldilocks (just cos she's blond) gets away with breaking and entering and destruction of property? Jack (the beanstalk dude) steals from the Giant and then murders him! And then there are the nursery rhymes!!!!! That wee willy winky paedophile seriously freaks me out staring thru the windows and peeping thru the locks after 8pm! I'm so traumatised!!!! But I loved the Simba Chippie comment! ;)

bb_aisha said...

can i just echo azra? of course i can! sorry sofi-have to disagree with u on this one. ppl won't be disappointed if they don't have unrealistic expectations

Sofi said...

bibs, my sweetheart, you are entirely allowed to agree or disagree with me so there is no need to apologise. and its for the reason that i respect your opinion that i'm commenting here despite sayng i wont add anything else:

>>ppl won't be disappointed if they don't have unrealistic expectations

it might be the way i was unable to air my opinion but that wasnt my point at all (or perhaps it was your use of 2 negatives :p ). how can you be disappointed with something if you dont know whether it exists or not? you dont know what you dont know. etc etc.