Compare and contrast essay
Goldilocks and the three bears to The three little pigs
September 24, 2012
Benn L. Bongang, Ph.D
Many similarities exist between the two fables, The three little pigs, and Goldilocks and the three bears. Goldilocks and the three bears, teaches children to respect other people’s privacy and their property. Where, the fable of the three little pigs, teaches children to plan properly before seeking pleasure. After reading these fables, a person will see there are moral lessons to learn, symbolism in the number three, lost lives, lost property, and damaged property.
Besides enjoyment, these fables offer moral lessons to learn for children and adults alike. People have been reading these two fables to children since the early 1800s. There are many variations of the fables, as they have changed or been updated by different authors over time. These two fables are classic stories that will never get old to parents or children. When Goldilocks entered the bears’ home while they were out, and without their permission, she violated their privacy. She also ate the bears’ food, sat on their furniture and slept in their beds. By hearing or reading this, a child learns to respect the property of others and to respect other peoples’ privacy too (Bruno Bettelheim, 1989). This is a lesson children can also use in their adult lives. These two fables offer lessons a child will never forget. In the fable of the three little pigs (J.M. Soden), the first two pigs were more interested in playing. They rushed to build their homes with unreliable materials, and without a proper, well-laid plan in place. When the wolf tried to blow their houses down, he succeeded, and he ate the first two pigs. If the first two pigs planned better, like their brother, the third pig, they would still be alive. This fable teaches people to plan properly before seeking pleasure. Work comes first, and play comes later.
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