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KS3 English - Fairy tales: What's their story?: Bluebeard


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On this page you can find out more about the story of Bluebeard.

The Story of Bluebeard

You can read Charles Perrault's version of Bluebeard on the SurLaLune website.

History of Blue Beard

The Sur La Lune website includes lots of information about Bluebeard, including details of the history of the story.

You may find useful information here for your Bluebeard timeline.

Take part in our 'morals' poll...

Different people see different moral messages in the Bluebeard tale, below are a few examples.

Think about the story of Bluebeard, which of these do you think is the main moral lesson for this story?


Women shouldn't take charming men at first appearance.

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Men aren't as bad as they used to be.

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 Curiosity, in spite of its appeal, often leads to regret.

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Take part in our 'morals' poll...
Women shouldn't take men at first appearance, they may not be all that they seem to be.: 55 votes (37.93%)
Men are not as bad as they used to be in the olden days - men and women are now more equal.: 47 votes (32.41%)
Curiosity, in spite of its appeal, often leads to regret. Once satisfied, curiosity ceases to exist and could cost you dear.: 43 votes (29.66%)
Total Votes: 145

Elements of the Story

As explained in the 'Conventions of fairy tales' section, a fairy story always includes a number of important elements.


In the story of Bluebeard the elements include: 



The good character is Bluebeard's new wife even though she is a bit naughty!  Don't forget, good characters don't have to be perfect.

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Bluebeard is a very obvious bad character in this story.

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Can you think of any supporting characters in this story?



Do you think there is any magic in this story?



A fairy tale usually includes an obstacle or task which the characters must tackle with to reach their happy ending.  What do you think the obstacle or task is in this story?

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Following Bluebeard's death, his wife becomes mistress of all his estate, she marries to a worthy gentleman and they live happily ever after...

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What do you think is the moral message of the Bluebeard story? Read some suggestions in the left hand column and then vote for the moral which you think is the main lesson of this tale. When you have voted, have a look at the results and see what other people think.


Bluebeard and similar stories

This fairy tale website, compiled by Pittsburgh University, includes Perrault's version of Bluebeard.

You can also find a number of fairy tales which are similar to the Bluebeard story.

You may find useful information here for your Bluebeard timeline.