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Hello! Welcome to the Tale Weaver’s Prompt! This is Jen filling in for Oloriel.
For this week I would like you to consider “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, a tale adapted by Hans Christian Andersen. Take this tale and adapt it to life in 2015.
In case you have forgotten, here is the plot of the tale (in a nutshell):
Once upon a time there was an extremely vain Emperor who loved fine clothing. Two swindlers promised to weave him a remarkable new cloth invisible to people who were stupid, incompetent, or unfit for their positions.
He agreed, so the swindlers pretended to weave this special cloth. They made a great show of cutting the cloth and sewing it into a fine new suit of clothing. Then they pretended to dress the Emperor in this “new” clothing. Neither the Emperor’s ministers nor the Emperor himself could see the clothes so they pretended to see. They didn’t want to appear stupid or incompetent!
Then the Emperor decided to march in procession wearing his fine “new” clothing. The townspeople were afraid of looking stupid and incompetent, too, so they played along.
Finally a child – too young to understand why everyone was fibbing – saw the Emperor and cried out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!” Then the child’s father said, “Listen to the voice of innocence!” There was no denying it – the Emperor was naked! The Emperor was troubled but finished his procession.
The full text of the tale is available at Project Gutenberg.
Some people say this is a precautionary tale about “pluralistic ignorance” – “a situation in which a majority of group members privately reject a norm, but incorrectly assume that most others accept it, and therefore go along with it.”
So … how could you adapt the Emperor’s tale to life in 2015? Prose, poetry, and photography are welcome. When you post your creation please TAG it Tale Weaver’s Prompt and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie. Then add your link to the Mister Linky widget below.