English Literature The Talking Goat Fairy Tales

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Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist,

but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. –Neil Gaiman

Project 1— approximately 1000 words

The Fairy Tale

Fairy tales are, above all else, a story—fiction, with magic, rules or a task, and they usually speak to a cultural truth or lesson to be learned. You will attempt to create a new fairy tale or thoroughly modernize an older one.

If modernizing an older story, you might borrow details or plot points from the stories that came before yours. Be careful to go in a new direction and not to copy too much from the language, plot, or voice of the original story. Instead—imagine the character anew. What changes? The story must be yours.

If you are not updating an older story, create the story you would want to read—something that speaks to this generation (modern) or would fit in with the older stories we have been reading (no particular place & time). Choose your details wisely.

In each case, your story must show attention to craft (language, voice, tone, structure), genre (clear signs of fairy tale), and reader (answer the “so what?” question—why are you telling us this story?).

  • Authenticity is key—be true to the story, to your voice, to your goal. Carefully edit with the reader in mind.
  • Form should fit the fairy tale genre—generally speaking: summary set up, story, short close. Remember the story part is the best part.
  • Audience is open—yes, in reality, the class and I will be reading your work, but have a specific audience in mind. NOTE: If interested in submitting to literary magazines, consider the age of their readership.
  • Topic is open—keep in mind we will be reading your work in class, out loud. Be wary of highly sexual content or content that is overtly offensive. Profanity must be earned—it’s a shortcut to an emotion, so find a more creative way to get that emotion across.
  • Submit only original work, written for this class (academic honesty)
  • Include a creative, compelling title


  • Create a fictional story that exhibits all of the signs and characteristics of a fairy tale, as we’ve studied so far.
  • Engage the reader with description, conflict, dialogue, characterization (compelling language)
  • Select and sequence writing into a story (clear rising action, climax/goal, and engaging character)
  • Construct and convey the significance of the experience (what should the reader learn, think or do?)


I want from you to use a new story idea, use your own idea by following the instructions.

My English level is 6 out of 10 so please dont use complicated words.

Tutor Answer

School: Cornell University


Running head: FAIRY TALE


Fairy Tale



Fairy Tale
The Girl who became her Real Self
Once, in a small American town lived a young girl, Beatrice. Her mother Brenda said she
had named her after a wealthy woman she had worked for as a house help when she was young.
Beatrice, the wealthy woman, had treated Brenda as her daughter during the time she worked for
her. John, Beatrice's father, did not like the name because he had always wanted her to take his
mother's name, Margret. When Beatrice was eight, her mother told her that John was not her
birth father. John was always out working in the construction sites or the local pub drinking with
his buddies. Beatrice wished he could be more present to play with her and tell her stories about
the big cities he occasionally traveled to for work.
One day when Beatrice was eight, she asked her mother why her hair and eyes looked
neither like Brenda's nor John's. "You look just like your real father Beatrice," said Brenda.
Brenda explained to her daughter how she had fallen in love with the son of her boss when she
worked as a house help in the big city of New York. His name was Thomas. Brenda called him
Tom. "Tom was a very handsome young man" explained Brenda, "he had blonde hair and blue
eyes just like you Beatrice." "Why did you marry father instead of Thomas?" asked the little girl,
"The world is quite complicated than you think my love" replied Brenda. She explained how she
was threatened by Tom's father to leave the moment he realized she was pregnant with his son.
She did not even have the opportunity to tell Tom that she was pregnant. It was then when she
was all alone in the streets of the big city that she met John who married her and brought her to
the small town.



From the time Beatrice knew about her birth father, she began to picture how her life
would be if her mother had married Tom. When she closed her eyes, she saw a different version
of herself; a confident smartly dressed girl from the big city who always got everything she
wanted. The new version of herself she saw overtime she closed her eyes gave her new strength
to confront life. Initially, Beatrice had been afraid of the mean girls in school. She used to avoid
them as much as she could, and that meant that she stayed away from many social activities like
the school dances. After her mother told her about her birth father, Beatrice began to feel like a
different person. She felt like she has been living the life of a different person. After knowing
that she descended from a wealthy, influential family,...

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