DRAMA


 

Form 2 – Drama – Rumpelstilskin by KPM

Advertisements

Hello there – here are some pictures of my choice – I hope it fits your taste, MsTina!

Rumpelstiltskin himself!

 The King at Lisa’s home!

 This is of course Lisa-

 Lisa’s Dad and the King-

Lisa when she became the queen with her baby and rumpelstilskin asking her to keep her promise!

Weaving straw into gold!

drama form 4 – Gulp and Gasp

The Playright – John Townsend
John Townsend is a children’s writer of over a hundred books, many of which are non-fiction covering diverse subjects such as history, geography, science, medicine, crime, and natural history. Having taught in both primary and secondary schools (including running a special needs department in a comprehensive school), he has experience of all ages, abilities and most curriculum subjects including drama & writing/producing the dreaded school plays.

SYNOPSIS
Lord Septic is determined to find the long lost gold owned by Lady Gatsby. Lady Gatsby was murdered. Lord Septic buys the railway line in the hope of finding the gold. Meanwhile, Rose who is blind comes to sell flowers to help her sick mother. Lord Septic instructs Crouch to get her out of the station. He takes her flowers and throws them onto the tracks. Percy. Who is a young orphan comes to her rescue but he is knocked down by Lord Septic. Lord Septic and Crouch then tie Rose to a railway track. She finds about Percy’s true identity and the gold. Percy is the heir to the Gatsby gold and is known as Sir Percy. Lord Septic loses everything.

PLOT

• EXPOSITION – Lord Septic, the villain, and his servant Crouch, a bully, are waiting for the midnight express at the train station. Lord Septic owns the train stations and he wants wealth and power.

• RISING ACTION/CONFLICT – Rose, a blind flower girl comes to the station. Crouch bullies her and Percy, the hero comes in to help her. He tells her about himself.

• CLIMAX – Lord Septic hits Percy and ties Rose to the train track. Percy runs off to try and stop the train coming down the track.

• FALLING ACTION – Percy stops the train and Rose is saved. Percy learns that he is Sir Percy Gatsby and heir to the Gatsby Gold.

• RESOLUTION – Lord Septic and Crouch, the villains, are tied up and waiting to be picked up by the police. Percy, the hero, proposes Rose and she agrees to marry him.

THEMES
Greed and Materialism
Lord Septic yearns for more money although he is already rich. He aims to be the richest man in the world. He and his father killed Lady Gatsby for her gold. He married his wife because she owns a gun factory. To cut cost, he does not care for the safe storage of matches at his factory.
Justice prevails
In the end the truth is known. Lady Gatsby’s murderer is found and the gold is returned to its rightful owner. Lord Septic’s greed leads to his downfall, as Percy and Rose are prepared to expose his crimes
MORAL VALUES
We should be sensitive to people’s feelings.
Crouch is unkind to Rose. He knows that Rose is blind but he bullies her by throwing away her flowers. In contrast, Percy is kind to Rose. He helps her pick up the flowers and tries to cheer her up. He also offers to pay for her eye operation.
Responsibility
We must be responsible in life. Lord Septic is not a responsible employer. He did not pay his workers and does not care for their safety. Rose, on the other hand is very responsible. Although she is blind, she sells flowers to earn money so that she can help her mother.

SETTING
This story is set in an empty train station in rural England. It was during a cold, foggy night.
CHARACTERS

ROSE
-She is poor and humble. She lives in poverty and sells flowers for a living. The hardship that she is going through made her lead a simple, humble and homely life.
-She is also blind and innocent. Rose is blind due to the flames at the match factory owned by Lord Septic. She cares for her sick mother, so she sells flowers in order to pay for her mother’s medication and treatments.
– She is a devoted child who looks after her ailing mother although she is blind. She is also optimistic as she never gave up in her effort to earn money to treat her mother. She is also quick in finding out about Percy’s background and gives moral support to him to regain his family fortune.

PERCY
-He is an orphan. Percy’s mother was killed on the railway line and he became an orphan living in poverty and hardship. He was found in the litter bin at the railway station, wearing a purse containing a key bearing the initials, NSL. He went through a poor life without realizing that he is actually the rightful heir to Gatsby Gold. Although he is an orphan, he is a selfless and helpful. He helps Rose to pick up her flowers which is thrown by Crouch, and rescued Rose from being killed by Lord Septic when she is tied on the railway tracks by Crouch.
-Percy is generous. Although he is poor he is sympathetic towards Rose and really wishes he could give her some money when he first meets her at the railway station. When Percy came to know that he is rightfully the heir of Gatsby Gold, he willing to share his gold with Rose.
-Percy is quick in thinking. He managed to stop the train before it runs on Rose. He then he climbed up the gas lamp at the far end of the station and put his pants over the lamp. The train driver thought it was a stop light, so his pants brought the train to a halt.”

LORD SEPTIC
-He is portrayed as a cruel and greedy man. Lord Septic is a cruel owner of the match factory where Rose worked. . When she lost her eyesight due to the fire in the factory, he did not pay her for the damage. Besides that he treats Rose like a beggar and chases her form the railway station. Although he is rich, he want more and more wealth, he seeks more power and willing to kill for it. He wants to be the richest man and wants to find the Gatsby Gold.
-He is also hot tempered and egoistic. He grabs Rose by the wrist and demands Crouch to tie her up. He takes control of the situation and he said that no one ever tells him what to do. He can also be very violent. He creeps from the shadows and mercilessly hits Percy on his head with his stick. Then he slams Percy against the locker.

CROUCH:
-He can be described as subservient. Crouch is a servant who is so devoted and submissive towards his master, Lord Septic. He gives too much respect to his master. He is dim-witted as he simply agrees with whatever his boss says and instructs.
-He is also a bully. He bullies Rose and throws away her tray of rose across the platform. He has no sense of humanity although he knows that Rose is poor and blind.

LANGUAGE AND STYLE
The language used is simple and clear. However, the dialogues are full of exaggeration and there is always the repetition of words.

DISCUSSION

1. Treatment of human beings:

We shall explore how human beings are actually treated. We will discover the treatment of human beings as an abstract economic quantity. They are valued not for their own individual characteristics but for their economic function. The individual is not known and valued for his or her own identity but for their importance in the economy. We can see this element clearly in Rose situation in Gulp and Gasp. Lord Septic and Crouch treats her as rubbish without any consciences because they think that Rose is nothing but useless. We can see it clearly in these dialogues;

“A flower seller. I will not have beggars on my platform. Tell her to go or I’ll throw her and her flowers under the midnight express – if it ever comes.”
“Get off this platform. We don’t have beggars here.”

Another example can be seen between Lord Septic and his wife, Clora Septic.

“I only married her for her arms”.

Clora is a wealthy lady as she owns a gun factory. This line shows that Lord Septic married her because of her importance in the economy. He does not value her individual characteristics, instead he feels that she is an annoying person. He even thinks that it would be a good idea to kill her. In other words, he is filled with greed that he only married her to gain financial advancement for himself.

2. Exploitation:

The slaves and the labourers are seen only as mere manufacturing machinery. Lord Septic doesn’t view his slave and servant as an individual and human. He is too obsessed with his power of wealth and feels that no one can stop him and that makes him exploit and discriminate others. He exploits his servant, Crouch for his own needs. He called Crouch fool as in this dialogue;

“Crouch, I don’t know why I keep you as my porter. You are dim, daft, dopey, dozey and dippy. What’s more you annoy me. I’m not nice when I’m cross.”

Another example can be seen through Lord Septic’s workers.

“Lord Septic didn’t pay us”.

Rose used to work in a match factory which is owned by Lord Septic. Lord Septic treated the workers unfairly by making them work and not paying their salary. He also did not ensure a safe working environment because it would cost him money. Due to this, there was a fire that killed many lives and left Rose blind. This shows that Lord Septic uses the workers for his on advantage in order to make money from their work.

3.Suppression and Resistance

The higher class always seems to get the upper-hand. This phenomenon still exists today whereby the higher class suppresses the lower class in the society. This basically leads to the rich to dominate and manipulate the world’s economy. There is also resistance by the lower class against the upper class. Rose shows resistance in more implicit manner. She refuses to leave the station after being ordered to by Crouch. She believes it is her right to be able to sell her flowers. Later, she threatens to reveal Lord Septic cruel ways to the newspapers. Percy, the hero shows resistance against oppression in a more explicit manner. He grabs and scolds Crouch for threatening Rose. He later captures Septic and Crouch using a chain and reveals their crimes to the police. The workers of two factories belonging to Lord Septic go on strike, demanding fairer treatment at the factories.

Exploring “Rumpelstiltskin” as a Drama for Lower Secondary Literature Component
-by Leela Chakrabarty

Angela Lanyon, the playwright
Rumpelstiltskin is taken from Grimm’s Tales that has been retold in the form of a drama by Angela Lanyon. She was born in Leamington Spain in 1930 and has lived all over the British Isles. Angela has written numerous dramas for children’s theatre and some have been published by New Playwrights Network. She has also written school plays and plays for adults published by Heinemann in their Literacy series.

What is Drama?
Actors usually work together to represent stories by impersonating the actions and speech of imaginary characters (humans or non-human entities) in a drama. It is usually performed on stage for the entertainment of the audience. Drama is a social art where no one person can produce a drama by himself. The words of the text are not the drama. The stage where it will eventually be produced is also not the drama. A drama is a collective effort and product of many relationships: writers, director, actors, a group of people who design and build the stage, props, costumes etc.

Synopsis of the Story

The King was making his rounds around his kingdom. The King visits Lisa’s cottage. Lisa’s parents began to praise Lisa and claim that she can bake the best pies in the world. In order to make himself appear more important, Lisa’s father lies to the king that his daughter could spin straw into gold. The King knows that his kingdom is poor, thus, the king called for the girl, shut her in a tower room with straw and a spinning wheel, and demanded that she spin the straw into gold by morning or be executed. She had given up all hope, when a strange little man appeared in the room and spun straw into gold for her in return for her necklace; then again the following night for her ring. But on the third night, with nothing left, the strange creature spun straw into gold for a promise that the girl’s first-born child would become his.
The greedy king was so impressed that he married Lisa, but when their first child was born, the strange little man returned to claim his payment. The queen was frightened and offered him all the wealth she had if she could keep the child. The strange little man refused but finally agreed to give up his claim to the child if the queen could guess his name in three days. At first she failed. Later, Lisa’s parents follow the little man and see him dance around a small fire and they hear him say out loud, “Tricks and riddles are my game, Rumpelstiltskin is my name.”

PLOT
Exposition (Introduction)

The King visits a cottage. The cottage belongs to Lisa’s parents. The King was lured by the smell of freshly baked apple pie. Lisa’s parents praised Lisa in an attempt to make the King marry their daughter. They tell the King that she bakes the best pies in the world. To impress the King further, they also tell the King that Lisa can spin straw into gold. The King brings her to his palace and asks her to turn straw into gold. If she fails she will be beheaded.

Rising Action (Action Starts)

Lisa sits and cries in the high tower. Then she hears scratching noise. A strange little man appears and promises to spin the straw into gold in exchange of her necklace. The King was impressed and takes her to another bigger room filled with straw. The King asks her to turn the straw into gold. If she fails she will be beheaded. That night the strange little man appeared again and promises to spin the straw into gold in exchange for her ring. The King was impressed and takes her to another bigger room filled with straw. This time he promises to marry her. Lisa has nothing else to offer to the little man. Her parents advised her to give whatever he asks for. That night, when the strange little man appeared, she promises her first born child.

Climax

A year passed. Lisa is the queen and she has a baby boy. The strange little man suddenly appears and reminds her of her promise. Lisa pleaded to the little man not to take her baby away as she is willing to give him all her money. The little man refuses but finally agrees to give her three days to guess his name. She fails to guess his name on the first and second day. Lisa’s parents follow the little man and find out his name.

Falling Action

On the third day, the little man comes to the nursery. Lisa guesses his name as “Rumpelstiltskin”. The strange little man gets angry and stamps his feet hard on the floor and disappears in a puff of smoke.

Resolution

Lisa’s baby boy is now safe. Lisa’s parents promises that they will never boast again.

Setting
Place:
• 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.

Time:
• Medieval Times
• In order to live on these lands, the people must serve and fight for the Kings or Lord
• The story is set at a time when people talked about magical creatures.

Characters:
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. She feels hopeless when the King ordered her to spin straw into gold.
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. We can say that he is manipulative as he takes advantage of the miller’s daughter difficulties to get to keep her first-born child. However, he is sympatric when he gives the Queen/ miller’s daughter another chance to keep her baby by giving her a riddle to solve.

The King: He is an opportunist. He uses Lisa to get him gold. He portrays an inhuman behavior as he locks the miller’s daughter up who was innocent in a room filled with straws. He is rather cruel as 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.
Lisa’s Mother: She is very proud of her daughter. She is kind hearted as she invites the King into her house and offers food. She is rather silly as she agrees with her husband that Lisa can spin straw into gold. She is also remorseful and promised never to boast again. It cannot be denied that she is a loving mother as she helps Lisa to solve the riddle.

Themes
We must think before we talk.
We must think and consider carefully the rational behind our thoughts before we say something to people. All the problems that the millers daughter faced from the start are caused by her father who was the one who made the impossible claim about her own daughter. Due to his foolishness, she faced with a treat of being executed by the King.

Telling lies
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.

Moral Values
Honesty and Integrity
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.

Being Rational

We must think, speak and behave rationally at all times. Lisa’s parents speak irrationally when boasting about their daughter whom they are proud of. Lisa becomes irrational when she is desperate to save herself. She makes a promise knowing well that she will be unable to keep to it.

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.

Before you can stage the drama; you must appoint the following members to work behind the scene:
Portfolio:

 Director – directs the drama
 Stage manager – manages set design, prop design, lighting and sound
 Set designer – designs the backdrop and set on the stage
 Prop designer – designs the props used by the actors and actresses
 Lighting engineer – produces proper lighting for the drama
 Sound engineer – produces background music and sound effect
 Stage crew – changes the set on the stage and handle the props for the casts
 Costume designer – designs and produces costumes for the casts.
 Make-up artist – emphasises the casts’ roles through proper make-up
 Prompter – remind the casts’ lines when they forget their words during rehearsals and actual production

I am inserting this exercise as requested by a reader!
Practices 1-6 are based on extracts from the Drama Rumpelstiltskin

Practice 1

Narrator : It is night. In a room high in the tower, Lisa is crying. There is a spinning wheel beside her and a big heap of straw.
Lisa : Oh, dear. I can’t possibly make gold out of straw, and when the King finds out, he will cut of my head.
Narrator : Suddenly, there is a scratching noise and a strange little man with a pointed nose climbs through the window.
Rumpelstiltskin : Why are you crying?
Lisa : Because my father told the king I could spin straw into gold. Now the King will cut off my head.
Rumpelstiltskin : That’s nothing to cry about. I’ll help you if you give me something in exchange.
Lisa : But, I haven’t got anything.
Rumpelstiltskin : What about that pretty necklace you are wearing.?
Lisa : This?
Narrator : The little man nods and Lisa unfastens the necklace and hands it to him.
Rumpelstiltskin : That’s right. Now you go to sleep. By the time you wake up, your troubles will be over.

1. What was Lisa instructed to do in the palace?
A. Make straw and gold
B. Make golden clothes
C. Spin straw into gold*
D. Spin gold into straw

2. What did Lisa give Rumpelstiltskin in return for his favour?
A. gold
B. ring
C. necklace*
D. straw

3. Why is Lisa crying because …
A. she hates her parents
B. she is the victim of her parents lies.*
C. her parents are evil
D. the king is evil and tortures her

Practice 2

Narrator : In a cottage in a village in a small country, Lisa has been baking. Her mother and father are very proud of her. They are always telling people how clever she is and all the wonderful things she can do.
Mother : Oh Lisa. What lovely things you have made. You’re really brilliant. Twenty currant buns, twenty jam tarts, and one apple pie. All fit for a King to eat.
Father : When the King comes to the village today, I’m going to tell him how clever you are.
Narrator : At that moment there is the sound of cheering outside.
Mother : Quick Lisa. See if that’s the King coming. I hope he visits us so I show him all the wonderful things you have made.
Narrator : Lisa goes to the window and looks out.
Lisa : Look the King has stopped at our gate.
Father : I bet he can smell all this lovely food! I am sure the King would want to marry a girl as clever as you.
Narrator : Just then the King puts his head through the window.
King : I can smell apple pie. My favourite.
Mother : Of please, Your majesty. Come and try a slice.

1. Why are Lisa’s parents eager to impress the King?
A. So that the King will invite them to the palace
B. So that the King will want to marry Lisa*
C. To show off how clever Lisa is.
D. They have nothing much to do.

2. The King loves to eat…
A. tarts
B. currant buns
C. apple pie*
D. everything

3. Why was there a sound of cheering outside the gate?
A. Lisa was getting married
B. The King stopped by the house*
C. Lisa’s parents invited the King
D. The people wanted to eat the food.

Practice 3

Narrator : In the morning Lisa wakes up to find a heap of shining gold instead of the heap of straw. The King comes in.
King : So your father told the truth. You can spin straw into gold.
Narrator : Lisa wants to tell the King what has happened but she is so frightened that when she opens her mouth to speak no words come out.
King : There’s no need to be afraid Lisa. You’ve kept your word.
Lisa : Can I go home now?
King : Not yet. I need more gold.
Narrator : The King leads Lisa to another room in the castle. It is even bigger and filled with straw.
King : Tonight you must spin all this starw. But remember…if it isn’t turned into gold by tomorrow morning, I’ll cut off your head.
Narrator : That night Lisa hears the scratching noise at the window. The strange little man climbs in through the window.
Rumpelstiltskin: More straw to spin? My favourite task.
Lisa : But I have nothing to give you.
Rumpelstiltskin : What about that pretty ring you are wearing?
Lisa : This?
Narrator : The little man nods and Lisa takes off her ring and hands it to him.

1. What will happen to Lisa if she cannot spin the straw into gold?
A. The King will marry her
B. The King behead her*
C. The King will let her go home
D. The King will punish her.

2. What is the little man’s favourite task?
A. Making deals
B. Stealing things
C. Making straw into gold*
D. Disturbing Lisa when she cries.

3. Why did the King take Lisa to a bigger room?
A. it is a more comfortable room
B. Lisa wanted to change room
C. He rewarded Lisa with a bigger room
D. There was more straw stored there*

Practice 4

Narrator : Lisa goes to the window and looks out.
Lisa : Look the King has stopped at our gate.
Father : I bet he can smell all this lovely food! I am sure the King would want to marry a girl as clever as you.
Narrator : Just then the King puts his head through the window.
King : I can smell apple pie. My favourite.
Mother : Of please, Your majesty. Come and try a slice.
Narrator : The King comes into the cottage. Mother cuts a slice of pie and gives it to him.
King :Scrumptious! Delicious!
Narrator : The King licks his fingers.
King : That’s the best pie I have ever tasted. Who made it?
Father : My daughter Lisa made it and she’s the cleverest girl there ever was.
Narrator : The King starts to move to the door, but Lisa’s mother takes hold of the King’s arm.
Mother : Now before you rush off…
Father : Yes, do hang on, Your Majesty, and I’ll tell you about Lisa. She can bake the best pies in the world and she can weave the most beautiful cloth and spin the finest thread.
Lisa : Oh Father, be quiet. I’m sure the King is in a hurry.

1. What did the King have?
A. A slice of fruit cake.
B. A slice of apple pie*
C. All kinds of food
D. Dinner

2. What does it mean when someone says ‘hang on”?
A. to talk
B. to find out
C. to discuss
D. to wait*

3. Why did Lisa ask her father to keep quiet?
A. She was angry
B. She was tired
C. She was worried
D. She was embarrassed*

Practice 5

Lisa : Perhaps I can pay you after I get home.
Narrator : The little man puts his head on one side and looks at Lisa.
Rumpelstiltskin : Perhaps, Perhaps
Lisa : Please help me this one last time. The King said he’ll make me the queen if I turn this straw into gold but if I don’t he will cut off my head.
Narrator : Lisa nods
Rumpelstiltskin : Then let’s shake hands on it.
Lisa : But what do you want?
Rumpelstiltskin : When you are the queen you must give me your first born child.
Narrator : Lisa remembers her fathers words.’promise him whatever he wants’
Rumpelstiltskin : Is it a bargain?
Lisa : Yes, I promise.
Narrator : In the morning the tower is full of gold. The King comes in and claps his hands with delight.
King : Well done Lisa. I’m going to marry you and you will be my queen. You and your mother and father will live in this palace for the rest of your lives.
Narrator : Lisa is so delighted that she forgets all about her promise to the little man.

1. What did Lisa promise to the little man?
A. She will marry him
B. She will give him a lot of money
C. She will give him her first born child*
D. She will be his queen.

2. The phrase “ …let’s shake hands on it’ shows that they must promise to…
A. be friends forever
B. confirm that the promise is true*
C. never see each other again
D. make bargains later in their lives.

3. Lisa was willing to do as what the little man says because she …
A. was afraid of the little man
B. wanted to marry him
C. wanted to become the Queen*
D. needed help to spin straw.

Practice 6

Father : This is the King’s son. You can’t take him away.
Rumpelstiltskin : Can’t I. Just wait and see.
Lisa : You can have as much gold as you want but leave me my baby.
Narrator : Lisa picks up the baby and holds him tightly. The little man comes very close.
Rumpelstiltskin : I’ve plenty of gold. But I will do you a deal. I have a riddle and if you can answer it within three days, you shall get to keep your son. If not,the baby’s mine.
Lisa : What’s the riddle?
Rumpelstiltskin : Just tell me my name. Each day you can have three guesses.

Narrator : Lisa thinks hard.
Lisa : Is it John? Or is it Samuel? Could it be Mark?
Narrator : Each time the little man shakes his head. Then he laughs and sweeps his feet on the ground and whirls out of the room.
Lisa : Oh Mother. How can we possibly find out his name? There are thousands to choose from.

1. The little man is willing to do a deal. What was the deal?
A. Lisa must give her baby on the third day he comes
B. Lisa must guess his name within three days*
C. Lisa must give three names to the little man
D. Lisa must marry him on the third day he comes.

2. What was the little man’s reaction when Lisa could not guess his name?
A. felt very happy*
B. became angry
C. felt disappointed
D. felt bored

3. What will happen if Lisa fails to guess his name?
A. he will take her baby*
B. she must marry him
C. she must leave the palace
D. he will make her a palace servant.

Practice 7

Narrator : In the morning the tower is full of gold. The King comes in and claps his hands with delight.
King : Well done Lisa. I’m going to marry you and you will be my queen. You and your mother and father will live in this palace for the rest of your lives.
Narrator : Lisa is so delighted that she forgets all about her promise to the little man.
Narrator : A year passes and the King and Lisa have a baby son. In the nursery Lisa and her mother and father are playing with the baby. They are bending over the cot when the door springs open. It is the strange little man with pointed nose.
Rumpelstiltskin : It’s time to keep your promise little Queen.
Lisa : What promise?
Rumpelstiltskin: Your first born child. You promised me.
Lisa : But that was a long time ago.
Father : This is the King’s son. You can’t take him away.
Rumpelstiltskin : Can’t I. Just wait and see.
Lisa : You can have as much gold as you want but leave me my baby.
Narrator : Lisa picks up the baby and holds him tightly. The little man comes very close.

1. The King is happy because…
A. the castle was full of gold
B. the tower is full of gold*
C. Lisa agreed to marry him
D. The little man has gone away.

2. What did Lisa offer to the little man in exchange for her baby?
A. A tower full of gold
B. Her father
C. As much gold as he wanted*
D. As much straw as he wanted

3. Who is the “little Queen”?
A. the baby
B. Lisa*
C. Mother
D. The Queen mother.

Practice 8

Rumpelstiltskin : I’ve plenty of gold. But I will do you a deal. I have a riddle and if you can answer it within three days, you shall get to keep your son. If not,the baby’s mine.
Lisa : What’s the riddle?
Rumpelstiltskin : Just tell me my name. Each day you can have three guesses.

Narrator : Lisa thinks hard.
Lisa : Is it John? Or is it Samuel? Could it be Mark?
Narrator : Each time the little man shakes his head. Then he laughs and sweeps his feet on the ground and whirls out of the room.
Lisa : Oh Mother. How can we possibly find out his name? There are thousands to choose from.
Mother : It’s our fault. I am sorry.
Narrator ; The following day Lisa is in the nursery holding the baby. The door opens and the little man dances into the room.
Rumpelstiltskin : Well now. Have you guessed? Three days and three guesses on each day.
Narrator : The little man laughs but his laughter is cruel.

1. What’s the riddle?
A. three guesses in three days*
B. three guesses in three visits
C. three names for the new born baby
D. three guesses on the third day.

2. Why is the little man’s laughter cruel?
A. He thinks he will lose the bargain.
B. He thinks he will win in the bargain*
C. He hates the Lisa and the baby
D. He is a very cruel person.

3. What type of feeling is reflected by Lisa’s mother?
A. Regret*
B. happy
C. joyful
D. nervous

Synopsis

The King was making his rounds around his kingdom. The King visits Lisa’s cottage. Lisa’s parents began to praise Lisa and claim that she can bake the best pies in the world. In order to make himself appear more important, Lisa’s father lies to the king that his daughter could spin straw into gold. The King knows that his kingdom is poor, thus, the king called for the girl, shut her in a tower room with straw and a spinning wheel, and demanded that she spin the straw into gold by morning or be executed. She had given up all hope, when a strange little man appeared in the room and spun straw into gold for her in return for her necklace; then again the following night for her ring. But on the third night, with nothing left, the strange creature spun straw into gold for a promise that the girl’s first-born child would become his.

The greedy king was so impressed that he married Lisa, but when their first child was born, the strange little man returned to claim his payment. The queen was frightened and offered him all the wealth she had if she could keep the child. The strange little man refused but finally agreed to give up his claim to the child if the queen could guess his name in three days. At first she failed. Later, Lisa’s parents follow the little man and see him dance around a small fire and they hear him say out loud, “Tricks and riddles are my game, Rumpelstiltskin is my name.”

 Plot

(Introduction)

Exposition
This is first stage of a fictional or dramatic plot, in which necessary background information is provided. It introduces characters, scene, time, and situation

The King visits a cottage. The cottage belongs to Lisa’s parents. The King was lured by the smell of freshly baked apple pie. Lisa’s parents praised Lisa in an attempt to make the King marry their daughter. They tell the King that she bakes the best pies in the world. To impress the King further, they also tell the King that Lisa can spin straw into gold. The King brings her to his palace and asks her to turn straw into gold. If she fails she will be beheaded.
(Action Starts)

Rising Action
This is a set of conflicts and crises that constitute the part of a story’s plot leading up to the climax.

Lisa sits and cries in the high tower. Then she hears scratching noise. A strange little man appears and promises to spin the straw into gold in exchange of her necklace. The King was impressed and takes her to another bigger room filled with straw. The King asks her to turn the straw into gold. If she fails she will be beheaded. That night the strange little man appeared again and promises to spin the straw into gold in exchange for her ring. The King was impressed and takes her to another bigger room filled with straw. This time he promises to marry her. Lisa has nothing else to offer to the little man. Her parents advised her to give whatever he asks for. That night, when the strange little man appeared, she promises her first born child.
Climax
This is the turning point of the action in the plot of a story. The climax represents the point of greatest tension in the work.
 

A year passed. Lisa is the queen and she has a baby boy. The strange little man suddenly appears and reminds her of her promise. Lisa pleaded to the little man not to take her baby away as she is willing to give him all her money. The little man refuses but finally agrees to give her three days to guess his name. She fails to guess his name on the first and second day. Lisa’s parents follow the little man and find out his name.

Falling Action
In the plot of a story, the action following the climax of the work that moves it towards its denouement or resolution.
 

On the third day, the little man comes to the nursery. Lisa guesses his name as “Rumpelstiltskin”.

The strange little man gets angry and stamps his feet hard on the floor and disappears in a puff of smoke.

Resolution
The ending of the story, the final stage or unraveling of the plot; usually very brief. Here the tension is over, and unanswered questions may be explained. The resolution is reached following a major crisis and climax.
 

Lisa’s baby boy is now safe. Lisa’s parents promises that they will never boast again.

 Setting

 Place:            

  • 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.

     Time:

  • Medieval Times
  • The story is set at a time when people talked about magical creatures.

 Characters:

 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.

 Lisa’s Mother: She is very proud of her daughter. She is kind hearted as she invites the King into her house and offers food. She is rather silly as she agrees with her husband that Lisa can spin straw into gold. She is also remorseful and promised never to boast again. It cannot be denied that she is a loving mother as she helps Lisa to solve the riddle.

 Themes

 Telling lies

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.

 Moral Values

 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.

Honesty and Integrity

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. 

Literary Devices

Repetition Spin straw into gold  

These words are repeated constantly throughout the story.

The writer wants to highlight the idea of spinning straw into gold

Cut off your head These words are also used with “spin straw into gold’. The King reminds Lisa that if she cannot spin straw into gold, he will cut off her head.
Rhyme Page 81-

the rhyme scheme

 is aa,bb

Sit and cuddle your darling son,

For tomorrow you’ll have none.

Riddles and tricks are my game.

You won’t ever guess my name.

  Page 83-

the rhyme scheme

is also aa,bb

Wife and family I have none.

But tomorrow I’ll have the King’s own son.

Tricks and riddles are my game,

Rumpelstiltskin is my name.

 Tone and Mood

There are two contrasting tones. Firstly, there is an ordinary tone when the writer shows the ordinary lifestyle of Lisa’s family. The second tone is the extraordinary tone. It is used when describing the events related to the King.  It shows things that are magical. It shows the readers that straw can be spun into gold. It shows a mood of fantasy. The drama ends with a positive note that is all’s well that ends well.

Next Page »