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Rapunzel a Fable [Assignment]
« on: April 16, 2010, 10:06:22 PM »
Rapunzel by Brothers Grimm
Summary of the story:
There was a man and his wife who wanted a child for many years. They lived next to a witch, who had a garden that was surrounded by a wall.
The wife wanted some lettuce so bad that her husband agreed to sneak into the witch’s garden and get some. The witch caught the man and made a deal with him. He could take the lettuce but when they had a child the witch would get the baby.
When the couple had a baby the witch came and took the girl and called her Rapunzel. The witch put her into a high tower that did not have a door. It only had a small window at the top. The witch would come every morning and climb up Rapunzel’s hair to get into the tower. One day a Prince came by and heard Rapunzel’s song. He watched the witch and learned how to get into the tower. Later he climbed into the tower on Rapunzel’s hair. They became friends and decided to get married. The witch found out and cut off Rapunzel’s hair and took her to a desert. When the Prince came the witch was waiting for him. The Prince fell into a thorn bush and he became blinded by the thorns.
He wandered around for years until he found Rapunzel. Her tears fell into the Prince’s eyes and he was able to see again. They returned to his castle and were married.

Critical comment:
A couple lived in a house where there was a small window at the back of their house which lead them to a garden who belongs to an old witch who was famous for her well-known power in the entire world.
As the days passed, she began to look pale and gloomy. Knowing that the wife looked different, the husband asked her. She replied that if she could not get to eat those rampion, she would die. Then her husband began to find way to get that rampion. So, did the wife get to make salad.. Next, the husband climbed into the wall to get more of the rampion when he was frightened by the appearance of the old witch.

The old witch was displeased and cursed him for his action but after explaining his wife’s desire, the witch gave him the permission but in one condition to give her the upcoming child. The man fearfully agreed to the condition. When the child was born, the witch gave her a name Rapunzel which means rampion. When Rapunzel turned twelve, she was kept in tall tower in the middle of a wood which had only a small window for her to show her golden hair whenever the witch called her. After a few years, a prince who was riding through the wood passed by the tower and he heard someone’s singing melodiously. To his curiousity, he looked from where the voice came from but to no avail.

Day after day he came to that spot to hear the voice and when he was standing behind a tree, he saw the witch called Rapunzel’s to let down her hair. Rapunzel obeyed her by letting her plaits down for the witch to climb up. The prince thought that he could try to do that. The next day, he came back to the same spot where the witch called Rapunzel and shouted the same sentences that the witch had spoken.

On that evening, the witch fastened the plaits on to a hook in the window and when the prince called out the usual words to Rapunzel, the witch let down the plaits and the prince climbed up. To his surprise, he found the evil looking witch telling him that he would never ever see his beloved love again. The prince was depressed and jumped down from the tower, blinded by the thorns. He escaped and walked away full of sorrows. After so many years, he came to a desert place where he found Rapunzel. She fell on his neck and wept. Two of her tears touched his eyes which made him able to see again. Then they lived in his kingdom and lived happily ever after.
    

Moral of the Story:
If your love for someone is strong enough, nothing will be able to get in the way. In the end, true love always wins.


Dear Ayesha,

Feeling nice reading your piece. But do you think you made any difference between summary and critical comment?
I think these are two summaries taken from two sources!?

keep writing.

UK madam
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