The Three Spinners

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Humans can only hope to observe life’s beauty through the eyes of the child within themselves. As a child, ignorance is bliss, and the unimaginable can be obtained. Children are raised believing that a heavy man slides down a small chimney to deliver presents, and that a bunny on Easter leaves plastic eggs full of chocolate scattered around their front lawns. Boys and Girls since the beginning of time have been brought up on stories of fairytales where the impossible becomes possible. Little girls think that a fairy godmother can make a once maid, a princess. Boys believe that toys can talk and that woody and his friends can beat buzz lightyear. Since the beginning of time, humans have used fanatical stories to counteract the ugly truth and…show more content…
They heard of these stories through “educated women who had absorbed traditional stories from household servants and nursemaids in their childhoods” (pg. 918). The peasants that made up the lower class often would tell stories that would depict their daily lives but have a fictional twist that resulted in a happy ending. In the story the Three Spinners, a poor girl who will not spin is visited by the Queen and told if she spins a flax, that the girl can marry her eldest son. Three women of oddly proportions help the girl, in return for an invite to the wedding. In the end, the girl never has to spin again, and is in the royal family. Social status is the basis for this story as it shows the restrictions and the hard labor peasants had to endure. In the Three Spinners, the queen tells the girl that if she spins the flax, “you shall have my eldest son for a husband, even if you are poor…”(pg. 919). Here is an example of how peasants were treated in a sense that she had to feel a sense of gratitude that she could marry royalty even if it was not by choice and how peasants were traded off to other families for labor purposes. Later in the story when the three women come to the wedding, the prince notices their physical differences. He asks the women, “How do you come by such a broad foot?”(Pg. 919) In which the women…show more content…
“All of these groups return to the tales of oppressive labor” (pg. 916). African Americans were especially deprived of having an education at any expense. The thought was that if African Americans became literate, that would place them at an equal social standing as white, or humans for that matter, where at the time slaves were looked at as animals and mistreated as such. In the United States, race differentiated between who was educated, “while the United States boasted an 80 percent overall literacy rate in 1870, four fifths of African Americans were illiterate because under slavery they had been denied education” (pg. 915). The story, “All God’s Chillen Had Wings” is a story told from a Gullah worker on John’s Island off the coast if South Carolina. It is a story of “slaves making plans in a language not understood by their masters and escaping from a cruel slave driver by intoning an African word that allows them to fly away” (pg. 932). In this story, there is an abundance of examples of the racial cruelty and horrible labor conditions the African Americans had to forego. In the story, a pregnant woman is sent back to work with her child even though she was in no condition to go back to work so soon after her childbirth. After she is whipped from falling the first time, “…the driver could not understand what they
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