Reading Notes: Italian Popular Tales, Part A

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Have I ever mentioned just how much I love fairy tales to begin with? Pretty sure I mention that every time, but I really did enjoy the Italian fairy tales. I can’t refrain from choosing them every time. I found that a lot of the stories in this section are very similar to the fairy tales that I grew up knowing, which is what made gave so much more of a reason to enjoy! I absolutely loved Zelinda and the Monster containing a very similar story line to Beauty and the Beast. Since that’s a tale I already know so well, I wanted to choose one that would be a little different to write about. Sir Fiorante, Magician was a very interesting read. A woodman had three daughters. A snake had made a deal to the woodman that one of his daughter’s would marry him. If not, they would die. Both of the first two daughters that he asked refused immediately. The third daughter agreed. He revealed himself to the daughter as Sir Fiorante, but he made it very certain that she couldn’t reveal his name to anyone. When she visited her sisters, she gave in and revealed his identity. When she returned to the palace she found no palace or husband. As she filled more and more bottles with tears, she would meet old women who would give her some sort of nut to crack when the time was needed. When she finally arrived at Sir Fiorante’s palace, she realized that he already married another woman. The series of events that follow after were extremely strange but interesting. I would want to write the story in a different way. I did like the ending though, when Sir Fiorante did choose to be with the daughter. I would want to write it from the third daughter’s point of view and include dialogue. I feel that there is such disconnect between characters in this story, because none of the daughter’s are given names, therefore lack full characterization. I also really think that the use of dialogue would create more characterization to allow the reader to fully appreciate each. I love the cultural vibe that this story has, and I do want to keep that into the story.


Italian Popular Tales by Thomas Crane. The stories can be accessed online here.

Image One: Magician image taken from Wikimedia Commons.


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