The miller and his wife boast to the king about their talented daughter, Lisa, who could do anything which includes spinning straw into gold.
The greedy king brings Lisa
back to his palace and forces
her to spin straw into gold for
three nights in a row. Lisa is
helped by a little man. In return,
she has to give her necklace and
ring to the man. When she has
nothing else to give, she promises
to give her first-born child to the
The little man comes to the
palace to take his prize. Lisa
begs and he relents with
one condition Lisa has to
guess his name. If she fails,
she will not see her son
Lisa fails to guess the name of the man for the
first two nights. On the third day, her parents
spy upon him. On that night, Lisa correctly
guesses the man’s name.
Lisa’s parents vow not to be boastful anymore.
1. THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK
2. IMPORTANCE OF SPEAKING THE
THERE IS A PRICE FOR ALMOST EVERY
BE HUMBLE AND DO NOT BOAST We must be humble. Lisa’s father realises his mistake at the end of the drama and says that he and her mother will never boast again. Everyone in the family is affected due to her father’s boasting. Lisa is taken away and left in a tower of the palace all alone. Boasting can have negative consequences. For example, the king tells her that he would cut off her head if she is unable to spin straw into gold.
KEEP TO YOUR PROMISES
We must honour our promises. Lisa makes a
promise which she knows she will not be able
to keep as no mother can part with her child.
DO NOT BE GREEDY
We must not be greedy like the king. The king becomes cruel because of his greed for gold. He shuts Lisa up in a tower alone for three days. Each day he threatens to cut off her head if she is unable to spin the straw into gold. He also shows greed as he tells his people to search for the last wisp of straw in the countryside to be spun into gold.
We must think, speak and behave rationally at all times. Lisa’s parents speak irrationally when boasting about their daughter whom they are proud of. Lisa becomes irrational when she is desperate to save herself. She makes a promise knowing well that she will be unable to keep to it.
Drama is a performing art. The essence of drama is live performance in front of an audience.
Activity 1: Let’s Get Physical
1. The king smelling and eating his favourite apple pie . 2. Lisa spinning the straw in the tower room 3. Lisa cuddling her son in the nursery 4. Rumpelstiltskin dancing in the woods 5. Rumpelstiltskin is angry that Lisa has discovered his real name