Narrative Text Fairy Tale: Sleeping Beauty

understanding text gives you several types of narrative text for learning English. There are fable, myth, legend, fairy tale, folktales, and even horror stories. Most of the stories have one or two complications to  engage readers.

Now  this is a very famous fairy tale story, a romantic and happy ending love story of sleeping beauty. If you really understand what is narrative text, you will easily identify the generic structure. Here we go!

The Story of Sleeping Beauty
Long time ago, there is a king who held a festive party to celebrate the birth of his daughter. All fairies in the kingdom were invited. They were asked to give bless. Unfortunately, there was an old fairy that did not get the invitation; it is because everybody thought that she was already dead.

In the party, each fairy gave bless. Before the last fairy gave her gift, the uninvited fairy suddenly appears. She was furious because she was uninvited. Without saying a word, the angry fairy blessed the princess with a curse. She cursed the princess that she will die on a spinning wheel when she is 16. The fairy was then gone with a flash of light. The last fairy who did not give any blesses yet stepped forward. She said that she could not eliminated the curse but she could help prolong the princess destiny. The fairy said, “when the spindle pricks the princess finger, she will not die. She will fall into a sleep and only a kiss from a person who gives her a true love will wake her.”

To prevent the curse, the king ordered to destroyed all wheels and spindles. Over the years, the princess grew into a beautiful girl. When her 16th birthday came, she decided to explore the palace. She visited a tower that she never visited before. Inside the tower, she saw an old woman playing something. The old woman played with a wheel and spindle. She talked to the woman and asked if she could try it. The princess tried the spindle and suddenly her middle finger was punctured leaving a small wound. And, the curse was happening. The princess fell into a deep sleep so do all people who lived in the palace.

After thousand years, a prince explored the palace that had been covered by a jungle. He walked through the trees and found a room where a beautiful girl was sleeping. He could not hold his desire to kiss the princess, and he done it. Suddenly, the girl woke up and also all people around the palace. Finally, they were married and lived happily ever after.

Analysis on Generic Structure of Narrative Text Sleeping Beauty
As I said that this story of sleeping beauty can be identified as narrative text genre because it has at least 3 important elements. They are:
1. Orientation:  This is the first information readers get what story about is. Commonly it cover participant, time and place.
Long time ago, there is a king who held a festive party to celebrate the birth of his daughter.

2. Complication: This is the heart of any narrative genres. Without this complicates element, the story can not be identified as narrative. The complicated situation lead participants face certain problem
a. To prevent the curse, the king ordered to destroyed all wheels and spindles.
b. The princess tried the spindle and suddenly her middle finger was punctured leaving a small wound
c. The princess fell into a deep sleep so do all people

3. Resolution: The last phase how a story is ended. There are two choices. Writer can finish his story with good ending or he can make the story tragic by giving sad ending.
Finally, they were married and lived happily ever after.

Notes on Moral Lessons from Story of Sleeping Beauty
All stories for learning narrative should arouse some moral lesson for its readers, and should be this sleeping beauty story. The are some notes on  what moral value we can get from that story. Some of them are listed below. You can add another one.
1. True love will win .It can conquer anything in its path
2. Home is where the heart is. So be be nice with all family members
3. Angry people can do bad thing on us
4. Kids should be given a knowledge on certain dangerous thing earlier

Well, that's all our lesson about narrative text relating to a fairy tale. This story is best media to learn English in high schools especially for reading comprehension skill.

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