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The New Mother.

March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in literature and language

Imagination in The New Mother

This tale begins with two young girls , Blue-Eyes and the Turkey dutifully going to town for their mother . The task of retrieving some items and returning safely reminds one of a good child . Like many other stories of this ilk , everything is ordinary and the children are well behaved

Our first hint to imagination comes from the of the fir trees near their home (568 . This personification of the trees with their arms stretched out leads into believing the story will quickly evolve into a typical [banner_entry_middle]

fairytale of sorts

While walking down the road , these good ‘ girls come upon a strange dark figure ‘ at the edge of a wood . Their courteous manner immediately draws them into suspecting a person merely sleeping . As they grow nearer , the figure changes into an ill elderly woman . Their behaving nature does not form hideous creatures or hazardous traps in their minds they see things innocently (569-570

Once they have encountered the form , they realize it is a wild-looking girl ‘ with tattered clothing (570 . Again , their imagination fails them . The object the girl has hidden beneath her cloak shows itself as a pear-drum and the girls grow curious about the small box to the side of the instrument . The girl proceeds to tell them of the little man and woman who stay inside the box until the music is played , where they appear and dance

Intrigued by this lovely thought – the girls beg to see the mysteries within the box . They cannot see the people , however , because they are too good

The girls return home explaining to their mother that they want to be naughty . Mother quickly explains that if they were to become naughty she would have to send home a new mother , with glass eyes and wooden tail (574 . The girls are horrified at this . In all likelihood , they have never heard such strange things from their honorable mother , making it doubly true in their eyes . In the Victorian era , which this story unfolds , goodness would not allow for shabby dress , music and dancing , or invisible people who dance with secrets

As the story unfolds , the girls never manage to be naughty enough to see the little people . The little woman will not dance for make-believe naughtiness ‘ for their hearts are too good (577 . They have been naughty enough to send their mother away as she threatened to do . In risking everything for the small piece of magic , the girls sit alone , waiting for their mother to return . Surely , her tale of the new mother cannot be true

Imagination runs rampant at the end of the story . The girls have cleaned everything in preparation for the return of their mother , only to find a strange person outside their door . They bar the door -no longer wanting the magic . When the witch breaks down the door , the girls so completely believe she is the woman with glass eyes and wooden tail that they never actually stop… [banner_entry_footer]

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