One of the many great things about having a 15-year-old in the house is the English Literature assignments, which I without exception adore. Having just completed her gruelling 2 weeks of year 10 exams, Cathy has a new assignment which we were discussing over dinner tonight.
She has to tell the story of a well-known myth, parable, fairy story or fable from the point of view of a minor character.
OK, now is your chance to make some suggestions. We have made some that don’t seem to have met with much approval:
Theseus and the Minotaur, told from the point of view of the minotaur (Jenny) or the ball of wool (Maxine).
Perseus, told from the point of view of one of the snakes on Medusa’s head (Jenny).
Beauty and the Beast, told from the point of view of the father (Malcolm’s only suggestion, from the "Dads are very interesting, honest" party).
Pied Piper of Hamelin, told from the point of view of a rat (girl at Cathy’s school who did the assignment last year).
Tortoise and the Hare, told from the point of view of the referee (Jenny). (Pretty dull we all thought.)
Penelope and the suitors (the weaving and unweaving), told from the point of view of a suitor (Maxine).
Paris and the golden apple of discord, told from the point of view of one of the goddesses (Maxine). (When I was young, I just did not get why Paris chose Aphrodite, when obviously he should have been in no doubt about giving the apple to Athene. What do kids know about life?)
Robin Hood told by Will Scarlett (Jenny) or Sherriff of Nottingham (Cathy).
Leda being turned into a swan, from the point of view of one of the other swans (Maxine). That one met with particular disdain.