English assignment

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.

Any suggestions?

18 thoughts on “English assignment

  1. how about:
    – ali baba & 40 thieves from the point of view of the local neighbourhood watch.
    – aladdin from the genie’s point of view.
    – robin hood from the king john.
    – hansel and gretel from the witch.
    – the sacking of troy from a trojan citizen/soldier’s point of view.
    – cinderella from the ugly sister (or too obvious?)
    – narcissus told by anyone other than narcissus is lewis’ contribution.
    best of luck- sounds like a fun project.

  2. What is Lewis, some kind of educational anarchist? Narcissus from anyone other than Narcissus’s point of view — that’s good — a blank sheet of paper would go down very well with the teacher I’m sure šŸ˜‰
    The other suggestions (yours I am sure) are good and I will pass on to Cathy.

  3. “Hound of the Baskervilles” from the POV of Stapelton’s wife? “The Tell Tale Heart” from the POV of one of the policemen?

  4. Or
    Peter Pan told by Tinkerbell
    The Gingerbread Man told by the fox.
    The Three Billy Goats Gruff told by the troll police.
    The Lion,the witch and the wardrobe told by the lampost (little known fact that ‘Lampy Biglight’, formerly of Birmingham witnessed the comings and goings from the mysterious lands of Ward Robe!)
    Cinderella told by the glass slipper maker
    The three little pigs told by the fourth brother ‘Cleverdick Pig’ who had already left home and had purchased a rather nice maisonette in the middle of London where he was safe.

  5. I think one selling point for my suggestion is the fact that everyone would be familiar with the tale – The Three Bears. I’ve always been quite put out with Goldilocks myself. Told from Baby’s perspective, the story offers a good chance to discuss the morality (lack of it!) of Goldi’s breaking into their home and committing acts of vandalism and theft. It’s a simple matter of “right is right and wrong is wrong” (my personal mantra) and an important lesson in character for any young bear!

  6. Fascinating topic! Here’s my two penn’orth:
    – Cinderella told by the fairy godmother
    – Beowulf told by Grendel’s mother
    – King Arthur told by Mordred
    – Little Red Riding Hood told by the woodcutter

  7. Penelope’s ordeal, told by the tapestry? Perhaps a bit repetitive…
    How about…
    – Jonah’s whale’s story (indigestion at least)
    – or a minor (as opposed to secondary) character in any Biblical parable? (A useful list of these is on wikipedia – unfortunately I can’t link to them as the commenting form does not allow HTML.)
    (Is Jenny as excited by this assignment as we all seem to be?)

  8. How about Aesop’s “The Grasshopper and the Ant” from the viewpoint of the grasshopper? Or Cinderella from the viewpoint of one of the stepsisters?

  9. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow from the Headless Horseman’s perspective or maybe the thrown pumpkin.
    How about The Princess and the Pea told from the prince’s POV?
    Chicken Little as told by Turkey Lurky?

  10. My fav. myth is the Inuit story about Sedna. Check out this site: http://www.hvgb.net/~sedna/story.html
    also, check out Wikipedia’s info about Sedna. Also, there is a book by James Houston, Spirit Wrestler, exploring the myth of Sedna. You could be the voice of Sedna’s father or her husband, or one of the animal “people” of the sea under her care and protection. In light of the threatened extinction of the sea mammals, she could create a voice that calls for Sedna to return and protect them from humanity.

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