The hero turns into a vampire, a friend turns out to be a ghost, a palace is actually a cemetery. The twists in tales can bring about a total change in perception. This can happen with a sudden reversal of character, reversal of fortune, or reversal of motive in a script, and the end of the story changes.
The nursery rhymes, bedtime stories and mythology all create folklore wisdom, that gets entrenched in personalities.
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down, and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after.
Up Jack got, And home did trot
As fast as he could caper.
Went to bed, to mend his head
With vinegar and brown paper.
Smart Alecs have raised a lot of questions on this nursery rhyme, which we used to memorize mindlessly in childhood.
- Water is normally available in a well, pond or river. Why go up the hill?
- What was the relationship between Jack and Jill?
- Were they human? How could a head be mended with vinegar and brown paper?
- Do vinegar and brown paper have some other connotations?
- Why did he not bother about Jill, or help her after the fall? Did she survive?
The link of the poem to French history (King Louise XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, who were beheaded) was available at a click of the mouse.
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