Category Archives: Drama
Lisa: She is a young, sweet girl. She lives with her parents in a cottage. She loves to do household chores such as baking. She is very obedient as she listens to her parents.
Rumpelstiltskin: A strange little man. He has magical powers. He is able to help Lisa by spinning the straw into gold. He likes riddles. Rumpelstiltskin is a fairy tale character, not a real person.
The King: He is an opportunist. He uses Lisa to get him gold. He is rather cruel as he keep Lisa alone in a tower and he threatens to kill her if she cannot spin the straw into gold. However he is very gullible as he believes that straw can be turned into gold.
Lisa’s Father : He is rather foolish as he goes to far to boast about his daughter. He is also greedy as he is willing to sacrifice Lisa’s life in order to get wealth. He was remorseful when he promised Lisa that he will not make the same mistake. Nevertheless, he is a loving father as he tries to solve the riddle for Lisa.
- Cottage where Lisa lives with her parents.
- Castle where the King lives
- Nursery where Queen Lisa looked after the baby and where the strange little man appeared.
- Woods where the strange little man lives.
- Medieval Times
- The story is set at a time when people talked about magical creatures.
When people lie they are often trapped by their own deceit. In this story, claiming to be able to weave gold from straw got Lisa the attention of the king but also got her locked in a dungeon with a haystack and a spinning wheel.
Using one’s survival skills
Persistence pays off in the long run and to never give up. Lisa tried her best to find the answer to the strange man’s riddle. She did not give up.
We must be more careful of what we say, and think of the consequences.
- Lisa’s father lied to the king, just to impress him.
- Lisa lost her head and promised something without realising the implications of her promise, just to save herself.
- Rumpelstiltskin is so confident that the queen will not guess his name that he makes the terrible mistake of saying it out loud.
We must always keep our promises. It is when we are able to keep our promises that people will respect us. Although the King was greedy, he kept his promise to marry Lisa once she was able to spin the straw into gold. Even the strange little man kept his promise to Lisa when she was able to guess his name. He did not try to cheat her.
Point of view
Since this is a drama, the author uses the third person point of view. He is omniscient- this means that he knows everything in the story. However, the characters do think aloud when they are thinking. Thus, the readers are able to understand what the characters are doing.
Language and Style
The style of writing is very simple, uncomplicated and straightforward. The language is simple reflecting the lifestyle of the village people.
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