Stories have influenced and shaped our lives, but how do they maintain their strength, whilst providing a powerful mechanism linking the past and the present? To protect and retain their essence, the stories power is reinforced, providing enough ability to survive.
Exploring the concept, of the power of story, Jane Yolen’s novel, “Briar Rose” portrays an allegorical story of the Holocaust, hidden within a metaphorical fairytale. Yolen exposes, the historical nightmare, explaining the world and the forces of evil that are dominant within it, entrapped within a classical tale of Sleeping Beauty.
Utilising stories, the powerful fairy tale genre, is used to soften the unpleasantness of history. This is evident when …show more content…
Through the meaning of stories, the power is comprehended when the metaphorical becomes real and the fantasy becomes fact.
As Becca, pieces together her grandmother’s past, she questions her ability to discover the hidden truth embedded in the significant fairy-tale, “You life… How can I possibly fill it in nearly fifty years later?”
The evidence discovered and truths uncovered from various individuals, integrate missing sections of Gemma tale. This reinforces the significance that stories can have in our personal life, “We are made of stories. And even the ones that seem most like lies can be our deepest hidden truths.”
The successive combination of many ‘stories’ into one seamless whole is only possible because “Becca…understood the rhythm of a story.” As the classic ingredients are there, “Once upon at time…” but the tale Gemma reveals, is different, and it is the very differences that give it a powerful …show more content…
But it was all there, buried.”
The repeated story of Briar Rose, takes on a deeper significance, colouring Gemma existence, as it lives in the imaginations of her loved ones, as it became an admirable approach for past injustice.
As “time may heal wounds but does not erase the scars” reveals the misery of Nazi victimisation. Yolen creates an eerie atmosphere through language, in describing Gemma’s eyes, “..as if a curse had been placed upon her,” depicting the Nazi as the “curse” that seemed to have her in a spell.
Through language, the description of Chelmo “The sun was completely behind the clouds now” symbolises the darkness of the Holocaust, a powerful hidden truth reveal within the story.
The fairytale element such as the “castle” that is confirmed as a prison where Jewish prisoners were once kept, was buried within the powerful story of sleeping