Sun, Moon and Talia Book Analysis

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One of the first versions of Sleeping Beauty was published by Charles Perrault in 1697. However, he based his story on a tale by Giambattista Basile in 1634, called Sun, Moon and Talia. A lord got a beautiful daughter, named Talia. He asked many astrologers and wise men to tell him her fate and after a while they concluded that she would be put in great danger by a splinter of flax. The lord ensured that no flax, hemp or anything of that kind was brought into the house to keep his daughter safe. When Talia was older, she looked out the window and saw an old woman spinning on a spindle. Talia had never seen one and because of her curiosity, she walked over to the woman and asked if she could stretch the flax. Once she did, a splinter of …show more content…
However, the girl had not been dead, but merely unconscious. After 9 months she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and girl, with the help of a fairy. One day, one of the two infants started sucking on his mother’s finger and drew out the splinter of flax. Talia awoke and although she did not know how the children had come to her, she embraced them with love and called them Sun and Moon. The fairy helped her raise her children and provided them with drinks and food.

The king at last remembered Talia and went back to her house to see if the lovely lady was perhaps still asleep. Driven by lust, he told his wife he was going hunting. Once he entered Talia’s house, he saw the girl and the two toddlers and told her who he was and what had happened. As they continued speaking to one another, their friendship and love grew. When it was time for him to leave again, he promised her he would come back soon and knew he was madly in love. He dreamt of the girl and of his children often and called their names in his sleep. The queen was enraged by hearing him call out these strange names and became suspicious. She told the king’s secretary to look for Sun. Moon and Talia. If he would betray his king, he would get all the money he wanted, but if he didn’t, she would have him killed. The poor man decided that his life was more valuable than his loyalty and so he told the queen what the king had told him in confidence.

The queen sent a letter to Talia, which
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