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Rumpelstiltskin Fairy Tail Analysis

He's gon' grind up yer bones to make his bread

Albert Mcfeinschenzstein

on 3 September 2012

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Transcript of Rumpelstiltskin Fairy Tail Analysis

Not easily defined. Sources vary on the definition of fairy tale. What Is A Fairy Tale? According to Marcie Haloin, an education professional who works at the Eastern Illinois University, elements of a fairy tale include: Undefined setting (stories begin with "once upon a time", etc.) Many incidents happen in sets of three Characters can occur in sets of seven Clearly defined "good" and "evil" characters Normally include members of the royalty as characters Involves fantasy, make-believe, and often magic Good defeats evil According to YourDictionary.com, fairy tales must: Include a lesson to be learned, either stated outright or meant to be inferred Begin as stories passed down through generations Be a work of fiction Include some form of made-up character (people, dragons, talking animals, etc.) Note: according to this source, fairy tales are not necessarily meant for children and often include adult themes According to C.M. Woodhouse, a renowned writer and critic, a fairy tale includes these elements: Prosperity is not based on ethical merit; a thieve may be prosperous and a saint can be unjustly killed (based on luck) Not fiction (but not necessarily nonfiction) States a view of the world Reveals a "truth" about the world Unbiased; allows the reader to come to his or her own conclusion based on the revealed "truth" Between these sources, there are also trends revealed that aren't defining features but occur frequently, such as: Include magic Begin with "Once upon a time..." or "A long time ago..." End with "...happily ever after." Things occur in sets of three or seven Magical devices assist in the resolution (wands, swords, etc.) } According to Haloin Include a legendary event of some sort, such as killing a dragon Are now meant for children, but began as stories told to adults } According to YourDictionary.com Conflict based on beauty or ugliness } According to Woodhouse Characters are static, flat sterotypes Rumpelstiltskin How the story has changed: The story common in most households today is not the original; it has been modified and censored to be appropriate for kids. Differences between the original and the modern version according to kids-pages.com: Modern Original The miller lies about his daughter's abilities to
avoid taxes, and later feels sorry for his decision The miller brags to the king and is never mentioned again The penalty for the daughter' failing to spin straw into gold is jail The penalty for failure is death The king falls in love with the miller's daughter Love isn't mentioned Rumpelstiltskin, after being thwarted, falls through the floor and runs away due to embarrassment Rumpelstiltskin rips himself in two due to anger Is it a fairy tale? Haloin's definition The setting is never defined Rumpelstiltskin is "evil" and the miller's daughter is "good There are not seven characters The daughter has to spin straw into gold three times, and Rumpelstiltskin gives her three days to guess his name Straw is magically spun into gold The king, a member of the royalty, has a part Yes The miller's daughter "wins" YourDictionary.com's Definition Teaches that help is never free and that it comes with
a price Originated in Germany and was passed down orally The story and characters are made-up The existence of the magical character of Rumpelstiltskin is impossible Yes Woodhouse's Definition The miller's daughter is punished for her father's mistake Whether or not it is fiction is debatable, if using Woodhouse's view States the view that men are arrogant, and that arrogance will lead to trouble. Also states that help always comes at a price. Reveals the idea (or truth) that help doesn't come free Written in a very detached manner, simply tells the story without leaning to either side The king is a typical greedy ruler, the miller's daughter is a typical poor, hardworking damsel in distress, Rumpelstiltskin is a typical trickster and manipulator, and the miller is a typical man trying to make others think better of him. None of the characters change, and none of them have more than one or two traits. Yes ...and they all lived happily ever after -THE END by Justin Rose, Cheyenne McIntyre, Anne Jiang, Liz Spila, and Megan Goulding
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