Rumpelstiltskin was written by the most well-known authors of all time whom they called themselves as Brothers Grimm. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are almost without a doubt Germany’s most famous collectors of folktales. Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm was born in 1785 and he was the eldest of the six Grimm children. Three of his siblings were not so fortunate and died young. Wilhelm Carl Grimm was born in 1786 and he was the youngest child in the Grimm’s family. Carl and Wilhelm were very close and both of them decided to study law at the University of Marburg at the beginning of the 19th century. Then, they began to collect folktales and they were interested in mythology, folklore and dreams by German Romantic literature, art and music. In 1812, they published Children’s and Household which also known as “Grimm’s Fairy Tales”. Their collections included the world’s famous stories of all time like Cinderella, Hanseland Gretel, Repunzel and Rumpelstiltskin.
Once there was a miller who was very poor and very boastful. He had a beautiful daughter named Lisa. The miller lied to the King about Lisa who could turn straw into gold. The King was so delightful and took Lisa to the tower room which full of straw and a spinning wheel. The King demanded Lisa to turn the straw into gold in three days or else she would be sentenced to death. Lisa was very sad as she would not able to grant the King’s whishes. Then, a stranger appeared suddenly and offered Lisa a help. The stranger was known as Rumpelstiltskin who spun straw into gold and in return Lisa gave him her necklace and ring. The King became so greedy and wanted more gold. Then, the King asked his servant to search for every last wisp of straw in the countryside so that Lisa could turn the straw into gold and promised her that she would become his queen if she granted his wishes or else he cut off her head. As Lisa was sitting sadly on the floor, Rumpelstiltskin appeared for the third time and offered his last help to Lisa. In return, Lisa had nothing to reward him. Rumpelstiltskin spun the straw into gold and for a promise Lisa would give her first-born child to him after she became a queen. After a year, the King and Lisa had a baby son. Rumpelstiltskin returned to claim his reward. The queen was frightened and offered him all the wealth she had if she could keep the child. Rumpelstiltskin refused and finally agreed to give up his claim to the child if the queen could guess his name in three days. At first she failed, but before the final night, her parents followed Rumpelstiltskin to the woods and they overheard him singing. While he was singing and hopping around the fire, they discovered his name as Rumpelstiltskin. When the dwarf came to the queen on the third day and she revealed his name, Rumpelstiltskin lost his bargain. He was so angry and stamped the floor so hard and vanished in a puff of smoke. Lisa’s father learnt his lesson and he promised her that he would never boast again.
a)The King is selfish as he forces Lisa to spin the straw into gold and if she does not succeed, she would be sentenced to death.
(King: It doesn’t seem very likely but never mind, we can soon find out. My kingdom’s not very rich and I could do with some more gold. You can come back to the palace and if you really can turn straw into gold you’ll be well rewarded. But if not, I shall cut off your head.)
b)The King is greedy as he would ask Lisa to turn every last wisp of straw into gold for the third time.
2.Boasting for own benefits
a)Lisa’s father boasts about his daughter’s cleverness that she could bake the best pies in the world and turn straw into gold.
b)In order to get noticed by the King, the miller lies to the King about his daughter who could turn straw into gold.
3.Regret to ones mistake
a)The miller and his wife regret their own mistakes as they have put Lisa into such troubles.