Rumpelstiltskin Research Paper

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Rumpelstiltskin is a beloved story told throughout time. It is the story of a woman forced into spinning valuables for the royal family awaiting a savior to come and rescue her from her fate. The story of Rumpelstiltskin changes story to story, person to person. The fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin, by the well-known authors, the Brothers Grimm entices young readers to use their imaginations. The comparison and contrast of various versions of the story, Rumpelstiltskin includes: Tom Tit Tot by Evaline Ness, The Lazy Beauty and Her Aunts by Yeatz, and Rumpelstiltskin retold and illustrated by Paul Zelinsky. Each version is unique yet has similar qualities. There are also ample opportunities to teach with these stories including concepts such as perspective,…show more content…
Both versions of the story refer to a Miller, who over embellishes his wholesome daughters abilities. The Prince takes the Millers daughter away to spin straw into gold due to the fathers bragging. The beautiful young woman in a small room filled with straw is expected to spin the straw into gold or die. Alas, she cannot. Following her pitiful cries, a little man appears in both versions offering to help the poor woman. Both stories have her offering the same objects each night: first for a small room, a necklace, second a medium sized room, a ring, and thirdly the largest room, her first-born child. After the little man helps the woman the third time she offers her first-born child. The Miller’s daughter marries the prince and a year later births her first-born child. The little man reappears to collect the child but she refuses and pleads for the child’s life. Feeling pity for her, he offers her a chance to keep the baby if she can guess his name within three nights. In both stories, the princess sends a servant to discover the little man’s name while she struggles and frets over the possible loss of her child. On the third day, the messenger stumbles upon the little man dancing and…show more content…
It would encourage students to write creative stories as if they were one of the characters or write the story in a modern day setting. Students then demonstrate how to utilize a story map to outline their ideas and then assemble their story. Another great activity would be to use a various versions of the story, Rumpelstiltskin from different areas around the world such as Sweden, Ireland, Germany, and Italy to teach the students about multiculturalism. Showing students no matter how far away or how different people are, there can be similarities and everyone can share the Rumpelstiltskin story. Teaching a cross curricular lesson, Rumpelstiltskin would be a good fairy tale for social studies because students research and learn about the period when Rumpelstiltskin was written and look at the social economics throughout the

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