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The Long Development of a Short Story.
The “Orchestral” Method — Growth and Structure
Posted on November 9th, 2011 at 7:46 pm by Jessica Danielle Powell and


Manikin trades necklace for spun gold   Daughter put in room with task  
  Miller lies to King about daughter King marries daughter
Manikin trades child for spun gold Queen sends messenger out to find names
Manikin makes new promise about guessing name Manikin splits self in two

Okay, Well I tired as best as I can and I dont know if I’m supposed to tell you what the conencting things are but I’ll put them here anyway

Deals –> Things done in Deciet –> Research [Going outside for more information] Gaining from other sources –> Demise


The events in the table relate to each  other in my eyes using these four categories. 🙂


In the case of Rumplestiltskin the repetitive nature of bargaining and strategies that were used to obtain what any one character wanted provided a clear cut structure for the whole story. This structure provoked the story to continuously grow through its development and evidence of this is that the bargaining that happened between the daughter and rumplestiltskin steadily became more high risk. Another structure that was implemented into the myth Rumplestiltskin was that of family. Throughout the myth you saw that the family had grown not just qualitatively [in numbers, by having a child through marriage] but also quantitatively. The first intention of the main character’s father was to make their family wealthier and by making deals with Rumplestiltskin to turn straw into gold the father’s plan worked and his daughter became married to the King of the land. The Climax of the story, when it was up to the Queen to figure out Rumplestiltskin’s name was also an example of growth in the story due to the structure of deal making instilled early on in the story. Also Rumplestiltskin had a structure of deception that elevated, as the story progressed and the deception became so unbearable that the Queen is forced to do some outside research. Rumplstiltskin resembles the growing up of a child. For example once structure is implemented into a child’s life, growth must come right after.

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Link Here | November 12, 2011,

Do you think the last column only has one entry? Are there other things in the story that would be part of that “mytheme”?

  Kevin L. Ferguson |

Link Here | November 17, 2011,

I don’t think so. No one besides Rumpelstiltskin actually had a demise. The daughter, prince, king, and even her father were still able to live while Rumpelstiltskin died.

  Jessica Danielle Powell |

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