Rumpelstilskin

Raven Slade

Written & Illustrated by: Paul O. Zelinsky

Summary

In the story "Rumpelstilskin" a miller boasts to a king about his daughter's ability to spin straw into gold. The king then takes his daughter and locks her into a room and in return if she is successful she will become queen. He tells her that if she can't produce gold then she will face serious consequences. Knowing that she can't do this task, she cries until a little man comes and makes a deal with her. The deal is that he will make the gold if she pays him. The same scenario plays out for a few days until the little man asks for one thing in return, her firstborn child since she has nothing else to give him. A year later he comes again to collect his reward though the Queen is hesitant. She is given three days to figure out his name. Her servants venture out to find his name and then tells the queen. The Queen then says the little man's name which is Rumpelstilskin and is able to keep her baby.

1st Implication

People will tend to use each other for their selfish needs when it benefits them. The miller used his daughter for his own selfish needs. In the story, "The miller was so vain and proud of his daughter that he stupidly said to the king, “My daughter can spin straw into gold."Now the king was very greedy and he loved money and gold. When he heard the miller’s boast, he said, “How fascinating! If your daughter is as clever as you say, bring her to the palace, and we will see what she can do.” When he agreed to the King's bet he accepted the offer without confirming with his daughter about her feelings on the situation. The miller obviously doesn't consider the feelings of others including his daughter.

2nd Implication

My 2nd implication of this story is that a person shouldn't make promises that can't be finished. The dwarf and the miller's daughter made a deal with each other for different rewards in return. "All of a sudden, the door opened and in hobbled a little funny looking man. He said, “Good evening. What are you crying for?” “Oh,” she said, “I must spin this straw in to gold by tomorrow morning and I don’t know how.”“What will you give me,” said the little man, “if I do it for you?” “My necklace,” replied the miller’s daughter."I think the little man has been in a situation like this before and knows how to con someone. Later in the story the miller's firstborn child was offered and agreed upon. I think it was a careless mistake she made that would of affected her life dramatically.

3rd Implication

Greed will make a person do unthinkable things. I think the that the king is only interested in the girl's "abilities" and doesn't care about her welfare. "When the daughter was brought to the king he took her to a room that was full of straw, and gave her a spinning wheel. He then left her after saying, “Off you go then. All this straw must be spun into gold by tomorrow morning. If you don’t manage this, I will have you killed.” His greed has taken over his emotional appeal for others than himself. The king didn't really care the girl, instead he used her as an object. She gave him a child and more riches. In fact, I believe he only married her for what she could bring to his wealth and not for love.

How would the story had changed if the gender roles were switched?

What would you do if you were in the same situation?

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2 years ago
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If I were in the same situation as the millers daughter I would be very scared. I wouldn't want to be locked in a tower to become Queen because I can "spin gold into straw" which really she can't do. If I were in the tower and this man just all of a sudden showed up because I was crying I would be very scared.

2 years ago
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I don't think that the story would have changed that much, men aren't going to be any more willing to give up their first born child than women.

2 years ago
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i don't think the story would have changed.
I would not have weaved the straw into gold

2 years ago
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The implications that a person should not make promises that cant keep or finish is very true, i always make promises that i know i will keep and do my best to keep them. as if the gender was switch then i dont think the dad would of gave his son to the king under the intent for him to weave straw into gold

2 years ago
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I agree with your implication of "Greed will make a person do unthinkable things"

I believe if the genders were switched the story would have changed very little

If i was in the situatuion I would not give someone my kid to begin with.

2 years ago
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The story would be different if the gender roles were switched because I don't think a guy would have made those deals. If I were in this situation I would probably just run away.

2 years ago
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I don't see how the story would change at all if the gender roles were switched. If I was in this situation I would have rather keep my first born child, I would try not to get into that situation where I would have to offer the man something. I agree with your implications in that greed can make a person do unthinkable things because if a person really wants to have something, good or bad, they'll do anything to get it.

2 years ago
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I agree with your implication about how people will tend to use each other for their selfish needs when it benefits them and it really relates to life.

This might sound sexist but i think if the king was a queen she wouldn't have been so harsh as to threaten the millers daughters life. If i was in that situation i would try to run away.

2 years ago
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I agree with your implications. I really like the one about how greed can make someone do unthinkable things. In life, people are always trying to be popular and cool. They are willing to do anything just to be considered those things. The things that they will do may hurt them or the people around them. I don't think the story would have changed if the gender roles were changed because then all the gender roles would then have been switched causing the story to go along the same way. If I were in the same situation, I would not give up anything for anyone, or I would just run away.

2 years ago
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I believe that if the roles were swapped, then instead of the miller's daughter giving up her child, then the miller's son would have had to steal the queens child. Either that or Rumpelstilstkin would have asked for something on the man would have been able to give. If I were in that situation, I would have told the king the truth, and had the miller put to death instead. Even if I would be forced into that situation, I would never have agreed to give up my child--first born or not.

I really like your third implication, when people feel like they can gain something great from someone, then they forget the own person's wishes.