Mad Shadows

Topics: Love, Christina Aguilera, Mind Pages: 2 (573 words) Published: November 29, 2012
Compare and contrast.

The topic I have chosen to discuss is the function and meaning of dreams and dreaming in fantasy texts. Dreaming, in this context, is an implicit representation of the characters ideals and their wants. I believe the function of dreaming in fairy tales to be a temporary escape from ones reality, a reflection of ones true desires, as well as a tool that gives dimension to the characters, while at the same time allowing the reader to better understand the mind of the characters. This is demonstrated with the characters of Cinderella, in the different versions of Cinderella in the classic Fairy Tales, as well as with Isabelle Marie, in Mad Shadows.

In Mad Shadows, the main character Isabelle Marie is deemed “ugly” by her mother, and for this reason is treated as virtually a slave and made to tend to the needs of her mother and more beautiful brother Patrice, who gets all of their mothers attention for being beautiful. Isabelle Marie then meets Michel, a blind boy with whom she falls in love with, and he with her on the pretense of her lying to him about being beautiful. During scenes where she is running around the meadow with him, temporarily escaping her life, she dreams of being beautiful and accepted by Michel., almost to the point of delusion. “Wishing to be beautiful will probably make me beautiful, thought Isabelle Marie, to justify her game.” (p. 42.), game being her deception of Michel. Her being beautiful would make her situation much different. Her mother would accept her, Michel would accept her, and so she believes her life would be easier and naturally much better would she be beautiful. Dreaming in these texts proves a temporary escape from the situations of these young girls who are in less than desirable positions.

Another function of dreaming in these texts would be a reflection of the characters true desires, in this case a longing to be accepted and loved. Isabelle Marie does not feel loved and accepted. Her mother...
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