The Emperor’s New Clothes (Tale Weaver)

Emperor's New Clothese in Odense. Wikimedia.
Emperor’s New Clothese in Odense. Wikimedia.

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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.

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Wilhelm Pedersen.  Emperor's New Clothes. Wikimedia.
Wikimedia.

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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.

Good luck!
Jen

23 comments

  1. I am having issues with the MisterLinky widget right now; please leave your link in the comments section below and I will attempt to gain the widget again later on. [Perhaps the site is down for maintenance?]

    Thanks!

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    • Tried to add another Mr. Linky widget but no luck … in the meantime … if you’ve all been tagging as requested to look at other peoples’s blogs all you need do is go to your reader add tag – Tale Weaver’s Prompt and click all the people who’ve written and taged will pop up in the reader.

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      • Thanks for trying Georgia — I”m at my wit’s end. Never once have I had problems with Linky — InLinkz is always the temperamental one, LOL!

        Hopefully everyone will remember the tags. 🙂

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    • Hello Humbird! I finally have an “InLinz” linkup for this prompt — can you add your link to the blue frog? I’d take care of it for you but don’t know your email. Thanks for being patient with me 🙂

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