Storyline of Giselle verus the storyline of La Sylphide

Storyline of Giselle verus the storyline of La Sylphide

Both of these romantic ballet’s had very similar storylines. The major difference that I noticed was that in Giselle, the young woman is the character that fall out of love with her betrothed and into love with another man. While in La Sylphide, the young man is the character to fall out of love with his fiancé. However in La Sylphide, the poor young man did not even fall in love with a real woman, rather a mystical slyph from the forest. At least Giselle’s lover was a real man. However, real or not, Giselle and her lover could never be together because of the differences in their social status just like James from La Sylphide could never be with the sylph he was entranced by, because she wasn’t real.

Amanda Ziegler

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2 thoughts on “Storyline of Giselle verus the storyline of La Sylphide

  1. I think it’s very interesting that the young man is the one to fall out of love with his fiancé. Usually in this time period, the woman is the one portrayed to have fickle feelings and more thoughts of love. I also thought it was strange that the young man falls in love with a creature rather than another human. I would have thought that this idea would be too bizarre for the time period, but I think it’s great that it was included in the play to make it seem even more mystical.

    Kelsey Haywood

  2. While watching Giselle, I interpreted Giselle and Hilarion’s relationship to be completely one-sided on Hilarion’s part. In La Sylphide, however, it seems that James does have feelings for Effie but is tempted away by the mystical and womanly figured sylph. I don’t think it’s unusual for a man to fall in love with a womanly creature such as the sylph because stories like this can be traced all the way back to Greek and Roman mythology where men fall in love with mermaids and nymphs. Since this ballet was created in a time that was reactionary to the harsh realities of French life, it’s not surprising that it has a fantastical element such as the sylph, and the same with the Wilis in Giselle.

    Abby Jones

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