Special Thanks to my Personal Faery Friend for the Button Art: Ye Olde Faery Shoppe
This week's selection for Fairy Tale Fridays is The Emperor's New Clothes. I chose to read the original version by Hans Christian Anderson, but I personally grew up on a Disney version of the same tale with a few adaptations.
"But he doesn't have anything on!" cried the little child.
I think that the one reason I have always been attracted to this tale is that fact that a child was the one to point out the obvious! The child's innocence and lack of inhibitions is what confirmed the truth that the adults were seeing with their own eyes, but were unable to stand up and say themselves. Adults have learned to be careful and think about the effect their actions or words can have on others. Though I believe that this can be a good thing in some circumstances, it can also hinder us in others! To be the one to stand out and be unique can be so hard for us, even the Emperor does it himself. He does not want to appear foolish or unworthy, and therefore, goes along with the act of the con-men despite every piece of evidence otherwise!
We all want to fit into a group, but it is our diversity and uniqueness that allows us to be so great! Children see it all the time, but oftentimes, adults want to hide their individuality and blend in. I know that there are many days that I wish I could go back to those days . . . sometimes I open my mouth and do! . . . Maybe we should be this child more often?!?!
Now that I went completely off on a tangent (because I am a complete psychology nerd!!), what did you think of The Emperor's New Clothes? Are you familiar with any modern adaptations of this one?
In honor of Valentine's Day, let go with a true happy ending next week in Hans Christian Anderson's The Princess and the Pea.
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