Essay on Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty and The Beast
From ”A Fractured Fairy Tale” by A.J. Jacobs

This is a modern interpretation of the classic fairy tale. Jacobs took all the clichés from the classic fairy-tale, and either commented on them or simply altered them slightly. A good example of Jacobs commenting on the classic fairy-tale writing would be the introduction to the fairy tale, in which he wrote:
“Once upon a time there was a magnificent golden castle on a silver cloud high up in the sky, which has nothing to do with anything because our story is about an old woodchopper who lived in a shack, but that's a good way to start a fairy tale.”
This is a somewhat fairy tale classic since it starts with the characteristic “Once upon a time…”, but Jacobs have merely altered it a bit and states that it’s simply a pleasing way to start a fairy tale. At the time the reader gets past this, he or she instantly realise that this is no regular fairy tale.

Another rather significant difference between this interpretation and the original fairy tale is that in this story, the main protagonist is the “beast” and the prince she is pursuing is, at first glance, the beauty.
Our main protagonist is described as somewhat ugly, hence her feeling very lonely. In order to cope with her loneliness, her father brought her a mule.
And then something interesting happens: She tries to kiss the mule, in a desperate attempt to turn the mule into a magnificent prince. The interesting thing about this is that she somehow knows about the fairy tale phenomenon where animals turn into princes. This is also a slight change in the story and time.

The next day her father gives her a bundle of sticks to take to the town, another fairy tale classic, which Jacobs also notifies the reader about in this quote:

"A bundle of sticks?" she asked him. "What for?"
"How should I know," said the old man. "But somebody is…...

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