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Goldilocks and The Three Bears

Due Monday November 5, 2012
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Kolbe Nix

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"Goldilocks and The Three Bears" By: Kolbe Nix Synopsis: In "The Three Bears", Robert Southey attempts to teach children that social rule breaking as well as trespassing can lead to serious consequences. The more known version of his story, interpreted by the Grimm brothers, is called "Goldilocks and The Three Bears." The two stories share many similarities, yet many important differences exist. In both stories, there are three bears that live together, but in the original, Southey never relates the bears as Papa Bear, Mother Bear, or Baby Bear; they simply live together. Also, in the original, the trespasser is not a young girl named Goldilocks. In fact, the original uses an old "silver-haired" lady to represent the trespasser. The Grimm version goes into great detail describing the three bear's personality. In both versions, the bears leave their home to allow their food to cool. The trespasser enters at this point, and proceeds in tasting the bears food and exploring the remainder of the house. During her exploration, she finds two other items and uses them in certain ways. These items are usually a chair and a bed. Because of the three bears being completely different, there are three of each of these items. In the original version, Silver-hair escapes out the window, but in the Grimm version, Goldilocks and the Baby bear become friends. Overview: The Story: Modern Example: Annotations: 1. The Three Bears are Civilized: Notice that the three bears live in a house, use human items, and practice good manners. Southey did this on purpose to make the bears relate to humans in regard to being civil, not barbaric. The home they live in is meant to symbolize community. This is the reason Southey did not make the bears relatives. 2. The Little, Small Bear Although the only human throughout the story is Goldilocks or Silver-hair, the smallest bear is made out to be the sympathetic protagonist because he is most effected by the trespasser. 3. The Bear's Food Notice that again the bears are made out to be civilized. They eat porridge and pudding instead of being carnivorous. 4. Goldilocks Southey never introduces Goldilocks in his original, nor does he make her appear as an honest, good girl. She has known many names throughout the years, but for Southey's story to make sense, she needs to be portrayed as a selfish, rude individual. 5. The Violation of Manners and Privacy Goldilocks does not knock on the door first, she actually looks through the window to make sure the home is vacant before she enters. These actions are not those of an innocent girl. Instead, the bears are the creatures of innocence. They leave their door unlocked and expect no one to do them harm since they have done no one else harm (golden rule). 6. The Key Literary Device The reason for the success of "Goldilocks and The Three Bears" is the constant use of the number three. Not only is three pleasing to the mind, but it also has powerful meanings to many different groups. Goldilocks tests three main items in groups of three throughout the story. 7. Goldilocks' Personality Goldilocks will only take the best items she can find throughout the bear's home. She lives by the motto: What's mine is mine and what's theirs is mine. 8. The Final and Greatest Intrusion In the end, Goldilocks becomes tired and falls asleep in the bedroom of the bear's house. This may not seem like much in modern times, but when Southey wrote his tale in 1837, this would have been a very serious, and regarded as the most intimate invasion of one's privacy. 9. The Moral of the Story In Southey's original tale, Goldilocks escapes, and vows to never trespass again. This allows her to learn her lesson and announce the moral of the story to the audience. Philosophical Questions 1. Do you think Goldilocks' actions can be justified? How so? 2. Do you think that modern versions of "The Three Bears" ruin the moral values of the story. Explain. 3. The three bears have no explanation or apology for what has happened. How does this relate to real life? 4. In the beginning of the story, the bears are full of innocence. How do the events of the story give them experience? 5. Does the story have a hidden meaning? How does the symbolism speak to you? Works Cited Heiner, Heidi Anne. "Annotations for Goldilocks & the Three Bears." SurLaLane. 2002, Web.November 1, 2012. Grimm Brothers. Tales from the Brothers Grimm. Yankeeweb. Web. November 1, 2012.
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