Writing and reading across the curriculum

Ashputtle was to get married to the king's son and the stepsisters were jealous of her and did not want her to marry the king's son, so they cut their toes off to try and fit into the slipper. "Ashputtel" by Jakob Grimm began with a rich man's wife getting sick. Soon after the wife got sick she died, and later the husband was remarried. His new wife had two daughters and now one stepchild from her new husband. The two daughters made the stepchild do all of the work, from getting up at dawn, washing, cooking, lighting fires, and carrying water from the well. The stepchild never had a place to sleep, so she went to sleep in ashes. The two daughters came up with a name, Ashputtle because she was dusty and dirty. One day Ashputtle's father went to a fair and asked his other daughters what they wanted him to bring them back One of the daughters said " a beautiful dress", and the other said "diamonds and pearls," and Ashputtle said, "Bring me a branch that brushes against your hat on your way home." The branch soon turned into a tree after being planted in the ground (Grimm 595-596).

The king now so it happened wanted to have a celebration. All of the beautiful ladies from the kingdom were invited to attend the celebration. Two of the daughters went to the celebration, but Ashputtle could not go because her stepmother had her pick lentils out of the ashes. If she could pull the lentils out of the ashes, she can go to the celebration. Two little doves came flying through the kitchen window, and began pecking away at the lentils. After the doves picked the lentils the stepmother gave Ashputtle another bowl of ashes. Stepmother said if you can pick the lentils in one hour you can go to the celebration, but the stepmother said you have nothing to wear so there is no use to go (Grimm 597).

After the lentils were picked out of the ashes, Ashputtle went to the celebration. Ashputtle fell into the dress as quickly as she could and went to the wedding and danced with the king's son. Before the clock was to strike twelve midnight Ashputtle had to leave or her dress would vanish. The king's son was chasing Ashputtle, but he had no luck getting to her. Ashputtle had disappeared behind the house, where there was a beautiful tree with the best looking pears on it. On the third day, Ashputtle went back to her mother's grave and said to the tree, "Shake your branches, little tree, Throw gold and silver down on me" (Grimm 597). She returns to the ball and king's son took her hand and began to dance with her. As soon as the evening came, the king's son arranged to have the whole staircase brushed with pitch. Ashputtle came running down and one of her slippers fell off. The two sisters cut their big toes off so they could fit their feet into the slipper. Then they could get married to the king's son. Ashputtle put her foot into the slipper and it fit. Two doves cried, "Roocoo, roocoo, no blood in the shoe her foot is neither long nor wide this one is the suitable bride" (Grimm 599). Both sisters were punished with blindness, because the doves pecked out their eyes for trying to impress the king's son at the end of the day (Grimm 597-600).

Works Cited

  • Grimm, Jakob & Wilhelm. "Ashputtle:"Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum. 9th ed.
  • Eds. Laurence Behrens and Leonard Rosen. New York: Pearson-Longman, 2005. 595-600. Print.

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