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Dec 08 2011

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Growth and Structure in Rumplestiltskin

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Relationship between growth and structure:

Levi-Strauss says that “The function of repetition is to render the structure of the myth apparent.” Throughout the story, there is the repeating, growing theme of trading. One form is when Rumplestiltskin and the daughter make trades for physical items and they’re both happy with their deals. This isĀ  Another form of trading that all of the characters, the miller, the king, the daughter and Rumplestiltskin, all take part in is making trades to make their lives better at another person’s cost.

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Nov 13 2011

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Rumplestiltskin Analysis

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Self-centered Trades:

Miller lies to King about daughter
Daughter put in room with task

Manikin trades child for spun gold
Queens messenger sent for names

Deals:
Manikin trades necklace for spun gold
Manikin trades ring for spun gold
Manikin makes new deal about guessing name

Happiness:
King Rejoices
Daughter/queen gives birth
Manikin rejoices by fire, dancing

Consequences:
King marries daughter
Manikin returns for child
Queen guesses incorrect names
Queen learns true name
Manikin splits self in two

 

A: Self-centered Trades

B: Deals

C: Happiness

D: Consequences

Grouping together the related events in Rumplestiltskin, I think the story is about different deals and the affects that they have on both parties. In my table, I think self-centered trades is to consequences (A:D as B:C) as Deals are to happiness. In the story, the daughter is forced into self-centered trades with the king because her father was selfish and wanted to seem important. The daughter is then forced to make trades with Rumplestiltskin for the gold, for the king, to save her life. When Rumplestiltskin trades with the daughter for the third time, he selfishly asks her to give him her first born child. In order for her to be happy/alive, she has to agree. When he comes back for the child, the queen has to be selfish and hire a messenger to help her find out Rumplestiltskin’s name so that she can keep her child. What I took from the story is that when there are completely selfish deals, there are consequences. For the king, he did what he wanted and still got everything he wanted at the cost of the daughter having to make deals for her life. Rumplestiltskin made fairly even deals with the daughter at first, but later made her trade her first child for the spun gold. This selfish request set him up for disappointment later, when he showed a soft spot and gave the queen a chance to save her child, which was his downfall and the Queen’s chance of happiness. Also, another theme in the story is that deals always make someone happy.

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Oct 26 2011

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Sep 21 2011

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Web Wednesdays

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I really enjoyed today’s web Wednesday. I think it’s a great way to get the most out of our Wednesday classes because we can each give our thoughts on short stories without having to worry about running out of time. I did like the first class, but it took me a while to set up my blog and figure out how everything works. I also like these web Wednesdays because it is easy to look up definitions as you are reading a story. This makes it easier: “Respond carefully, critically, and sensitively to language, and identify and properly employ relevant literary terms, such as imagery, allusion, voice, tone, metaphor, meter, diction, figurative language, form, meter, and rhyme.”

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Sep 21 2011

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Kaleidoscope by Ray Bradbury

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I asked my boyfriend what short stories were his favorites because he reads a lot. The first one that came to mind was Kaleidoscope by Ray Bradbury. I read Kaleidoscope first and then just about all the Bradbury stories I could find online. Reading others made it a hard choice but I just couldn’t stop thinking about Kaleidoscope.

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