Monday, September 19, 2016

Reading Notes: Indian Fairy Tales, Reading A

Notes. The stories I liked the most in the Indian Fairy Tales were The Broken Pot and The Charmed Ring. I am thinking of writing from an inanimate object's point-of-view. It is unfortunate that in The Broken Pot, the man's pot broke in the end, even though he was not able to accomplish what he imagined. However, it makes sense because he was over-thinking. Talking too much about what could happen led to his disaster. He could have been more humble instead of imagining things.

In The Charmed Ring, the ring went through quite a journey. It has been in the hands of a snake king, a merchant's son, the merchant's wife, an ogress, a prince, and the merchant's cat and dog. With this much content, it would not be difficult to write from the ring's perspective. What surprised me about the story was the merchant wife's gullibility. She did not know that she was unrelated to the cunning ogress. Therefore, she fell into the ogress' plan. She should have known that she was conjured. What was peculiar was that the merchant left for many days to hunt for fun. He had mostly everything, but he still left, leaving his wife with the cat and dog.

Aside from this, the pot and spoon, which was also given with the ring, were unimportant towards the end of the story. I can also write a story based on their perspectives as well. For example, I could write how they only have each other and are shunned by everyone else except when others can use them.

Another story I liked was The Magic Fiddle. I liked how the main girl was able to exit her fiddle. It was quite magical. However, it was unfortunate that her sister-in-laws got scot-free with what they did. She told her brothers what they did to her, and that was the end. There was no revenge plan. Anyway, I suppose that all was well. She did end up with a prince.

(Ring: Wiki Commons)

Bibliography. Indian Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs; link to reading online.

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