Summarize the exposition of the stories in Grimms' Fairy Tales.

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Without knowing precisely which fairy tale you are asking about, I can only offer some more general advice about how to go about writing your summary. A summary is when you take many words and reduce them to a few, unlike a paraphrase, for example, which may be just as...

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Without knowing precisely which fairy tale you are asking about, I can only offer some more general advice about how to go about writing your summary. A summary is when you take many words and reduce them to a few, unlike a paraphrase, for example, which may be just as (or almost as) long as the original text. If you are reading a few pages, you might try to distill the most important points down to a one-paragraph summary.

Exposition refers to the background information that an author often provides near the beginning of the story which is meant to help readers develop the understanding of character of setting that we might need in order to really understand the whole story or the importance of some aspect of it.

So look for this kind of information—the background information about anything that might have taken place before the story begins or about the characters or setting—and then jot down a list of the most important points. With that list, you can then write your summary.

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