What was the main problem in The Tale of Despereaux and what things made the problem difficult to solve?Was the main problem that Despereaux was sickly and he wanted to be a hero.  Or Was the...

What was the main problem in The Tale of Despereaux and what things made the problem difficult to solve?

Was the main problem that Despereaux was sickly and he wanted to be a hero. 

Or

Was the main problem that Despereaux needed to save the princess.

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anthonda49 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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I would say the main problem was that of being different from the other mice in appearance and in interests. His difference makes others pick on him and deem him unworthy to be a mouse. In his reading habits, he dreams of rescuing a princess just like the hero did in the book he read. He was made to feel unworthy and needed to feel like something important in someone's eyes. His sickliness began the story, so it would be the conflict, or main problem. From there, complications such as his reading habits lead to his dream of the princess's rescue. Of course, as he faces many issues and solves them with or without help, his self-image grows along with his confidence.

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I would say the main problem would be simply hoping for something you can not have. Despereaux wanted to marry the princess and when she had went missing he went out to find her which led him to trouble. The mouse council sent him to the dungeon because they felt it was not right for a mouse to love a princess. So when you trace things back it all leads to him loving the princess, which was not acceptable

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