Elements of FantasyAccording to Arrtreads.org,  Fantasy IS… A departure from reality Appeals mainly to the emotional rather than the intellectual Magic (not science) Many are series books Good...

Elements of Fantasy

According to Arrtreads.org, 

Fantasy IS…

  • A departure from reality
  • Appeals mainly to the emotional rather than the intellectual
  • Magic (not science)
  • Many are series books
  • Good vs. evil
  • Goblins and animals are used as metaphors/allegories of good and evil
  • Can be read/appreciated on multiple levels. As children, we can understand the adventure, as adults can understand the symbolism; beyond plot there is a texture but entertainment can also be gotten strictly from plot.
  • Characters are mythological—fairies, dragons, talking trees.
  • Traditional storytelling elements
  • Has an internal logic--stories are true to their own logic internally, but are not necessary congruent to what we know.
  • "What is" vs. "What if"?

Considering the information above, and the information in your Fantasy Unit, do you believe that the Princess and the Goblin is a fantasy? If so, prove it with examples from the text.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This story has all of the elements of a break from reality.  There are elements of magic, of course, and the supernatural, such as the goblins.  There are also elements of faith.

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I am teaching a fantasy literature class as an elective course for seniors in high school for the first time.  Does anyone have any ideas for activities or projects that students could do as they read the book, The Princess and the Goblin?  I plan to discuss themes, symbols, fantasy literature traits found etc.. but would like additional creative/cooperative ideas as well.

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I think that the princes and the goblin was a fairy tale because the book had many similarities to one. For example, there is a king, a princes,a mysterious grandmother and the villinous creatures wanting to take it all. Another reason is the whole setting of the book. There is a castel, woods, farmland, there's a whole mystic feeling about it. I think this makes it more enjoyable for the reader to escape from reality for a moment. 

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Elements of Fantasy

According to Arrtreads.org, 

Fantasy IS…

  • A departure from reality
  • Appeals mainly to the emotional rather than the intellectual
  • Magic (not science)
  • Many are series books
  • Good vs. evil
  • Goblins and animals are used as metaphors/allegories of good and evil
  • Can be read/appreciated on multiple levels. As children, we can understand the adventure, as adults can understand the symbolism; beyond plot there is a texture but entertainment can also be gotten strictly from plot.
  • Characters are mythological—fairies, dragons, talking trees.
  • Traditional storytelling elements
  • Has an internal logic--stories are true to their own logic internally, but are not necessary congruent to what we know.
  • "What is" vs. "What if"?

Considering the information above, and the information in your Fantasy Unit, do you believe that the Princess and the Goblin is a fantasy? If so, prove it with examples from the text.

I do think that The princess and the goblin is a fantasy, because of the fairy tale description of the farm/castle house and the way surroundings are being described throughout the story. It has a fairy tale feeling to it, just like other fairy tales where there were houses next to woods and hills. Also i think that we all know that Goblins only exist in fairy tales, or in fantasies. It is also a FANTASY since:

  1.  There is another book after this one(Continuation/Series)
  2. It includes magic in the story when the Goblin run away from the singing

 Therefore i think that The Princess and The Goblin is a fantasy story.

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