Tag: Pandora

  • The Treatment of Curiosity Across Storytelling

    Are we supposed to be curious, or aren’t we? From reading stories, I just can’t make up my mind.

  • Symbolism of Containers

    Symbolism of Containers

    Vessels or containers are as important for the space they contain as well as for any material they hold. Containers tend to be associated with women. As motifs running throughout a story they can also symbolise physical or emotional containment, either self-driven or imposed upon a character from outside. The Promise and Intrigue of Containers […]

  • How To Write Like Paul Jennings

    How To Write Like Paul Jennings

    Paul Jennings mastered the tall tale hi-lo children’s story in the 1980s. 30 years on, writers can still learn from his techniques. Other Paul Jennings tropes need to go the way of the dodo.

  • Uncanny by Paul Jennings Hi-Lo Short Stories

    Uncanny by Paul Jennings Hi-Lo Short Stories

    Uncanny is a hi-lo short story collection by Australian author Paul Jennings, first published 1988. The original ‘uncanny’ stories were by British writer May Sinclair (1863 – 1946). I read a collection of Sinclair’s uncanny short stories (1923) a few years ago and wasn’t really moved by them. This is because so many writers have…

  • Shirley The Medium Courage The Cowardly Dog

    Shirley The Medium Courage The Cowardly Dog

    “Shirley The Medium” is an original recomposition of elements from diverse sources: Pandora’s Box, the Ancient Greek Myth A Christmas Carol, Dickens Modern TV psychics STORY STRUCTURE OF SHIRLEY THE MEDIUM SHORTCOMING Courage is unable to tell Eustace not to open the box. He is a dog and can’t speak English. Besides that, the adults don’t…

  • Bluebeard Fairy Tale Analysis

    Bluebeard Fairy Tale Analysis

    “Bluebeard” is a classic fairytale — the O.G. tale of domestic violence. Any story in which a fearsome husband murders his young wife is probably a “Bluebeard” descendent. The husband in this tale is monstrous, and related to the archetype of the ogre. If you’d like to listen to the tale, I recommend the (free)…

  • The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter Short Story Analysis

    The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter Short Story Analysis

    “The Bloody Chamber” is a feminist-leftie re-visioning of Bluebeard, written in the gothic tradition, set in a French castle with clear-cut goodies and baddies. The title story of The Bloody Chamber, first published in 1979, was directly inspired by Charles Perrault’s fairy tales of 1697: his “Barbebleue” (Bluebeard) shapes Angela Carter’s retelling, as she lingers…