FC: Diamonds and Toads By: Alexa Capps and Alexis Hartsell
1: History | Diamonds and Toads is a French Fairytale written by Charles Perrault. It was first called "Les Fées" or "The Fairies."
2: The Fairytale was written in 1694. | History
3: It was written to show a moral, and the kind girl in Diamonds in Toads was the stepdaughter so that the story could decrease the similarity to Cinderella
4: Impact on Society Today | Many novels have been based off of the fairy tale “Diamonds and Toads” such as “Once upon a Toad”, “The Fairy’s Mistake”, and “Toads and Diamonds”.
5: Also, themes of “Diamonds and Toads” are portrayed in ballet, and opera.
6: Impact on Society Today | The fairy tale was also portrayed in the play “Marshak, Samuel. Twelve Months: A Fairy-Tale. Fredonia Books, 2000.”
7: It is seen in movies such as, "The Twelve Months”, part of the Storybook International series, and “Mikhail Baryshnikov's Stories From My Childhood.”
8: Motifs: Jewels fall from virtuous people, and bad things happen to those who are mean.
9: Theme: Good things come to those who are patient, understanding, and compassionate about others
10: Mother- devil/evil figure -Corrupted by greed- she wants the jewels when they fall from her step daughter, but neglects her real daughter when toads come from her mouth
11: Old lady- the great mother/wise old man -she gives the kind girl the jewels, and gives her advice to help her -she give the mean girl the toads and she warns her that if she isn’t nice she will curse her and she does
12: Younger sister- damsel in distress -gets treated very badly -gets blessed with the jewels -audience feels sorry for her because she is treated very bad by her step mother- forced to go get water twice a day -gets the prize- aka the prince
15: King’s son- hero -rescues the step sister -“God” like status- he is the King’s son and future King
16: Once upon a time there was a wicked widow. She had two daughters; one who was beautiful and kind, like her father. The other one was ugly and cruel, like her mother. Twice a day, the beautiful sister was sent to fetch water for them. One day, there was a poor woman standing by the fountain, and the woman begged her to drink.
17: The girl let her, and the poor woman told her that every time she spoke, flower and jewels would fall from her mouth. She came home later, and her mom yelled at her. She was trying to explain to her mom what happened, and when she did, jewels and flowers fell from her mouth.
18: Astonished, the mother sent her oldest daughter to the fountain to try and see if she could get the same thing. When the oldest daughter got to the fountain, she woman was there, but she was dressed very gloriously. When the woman asked her for a drink, the daughter was very rude to her and told her no, and put a curse on her.
19: Every time she talked, a snake or toad would fall from her mouth. The mother blamed her youngest daughter for this curse, and kicked her out. The youngest daughter was crying, and the King’s son found her crying. She told the King’s son the whole story, and he fell in love with her and they married.
20: The mom hated the oldest daughter so much for having snakes and toads come out of her mouth, that she ignored her and kicked her out. The sister could not find anyone to love her or take her in, so she went into the corner of the woods and died.
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