Childhood was a very interesting time of life for me
Childhood was a very interesting time of life for me. Through everything that I had gone through growing up, still I always remembered the story tales that had been read to me over the years. Although The Three Little Bears and The Three Little Pigs were different stories, they both contained few similarities as well as many differences. The similarities in these two stories would be the significance of the number three and two characters invading the privacy and territories of unexpected families. Throughout both stories, everything that was happening involved the number three from the number of pigs, to the number of everything in the Bear’s home. The Three Little Pigs had a purpose to leave their mothers home to find their fortunes and to learn to become independent because the mother was no longer able to tend to the pigs any more than she had. The Three Bears already had purposed that they wanted to go pick some berries to make a pie (in some versions) so they stepped out the house to do so. In other versions, the bears left the home to let their fresh bowls of hot porridge cool down. Goldilocks was just wondering through the forest picking wild flowers when she came upon the Bear’s cottage. She didn’t have a purpose for other than what seemed to be invading and taking what didn’t belong to her and being a curious young girl. The wolf had a purpose to have the three pigs for dinner, literally. The Three Little Pigs had purposes to find jobs and to make something of themselves as grown-ups.
In the story of The Three Little Pigs, there was a wolf that had a main purpose and that was to have him a nice dinner with pig on the menu. The wolf would do whatever he could to ensure that his dinner would be a success. He would huff and puff many times in trying to accomplish this goal. In the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Goldilocks really didn’t intend on purposely invading the bear’s home. The curiosities made Goldilocks want to go and see what was inside of the Bear’s home. She, unlike the wolf, was possibly hoping that someone was inside the home to display her cordial nature. So that wolf waited and watched the movements of the pigs to see what he would need to do next. So the wolf dressed up in sheep wool and went to the first pigs home to try and trick him into getting into his home to eat him. The first pig recognized the wolf and wouldn’t let him in. As a result of this, the wolf decided that he would destroy this pig’s safety which was his home. So, the pig had to run away due to the fact that his home had been destroyed by the wolf. In some versions, the pigs were eaten after the wolf had blown down the homes. This pattern continued until the wolf reached the final pig’s home. This pig had carefully thought about how he wanted his home constructed, thus creating it out of bricks. When time had come for the wolf to destroy this home, he wasn’t successful due to the sturdiness of the home.
The story of The Three Bears, Goldilocks was taking a nice walk through the woods when she came upon the house belonging to the Three Bears family. Being a bit curious, she decided to take a look inside. Upon entering the home, Goldilocks discovered a table with 3 bowls of porridge. The first bowl of porridge was too hot as it had belonged to the Papa Bear. The second bowl of porridge was too cold as it was for the Mother Bear. The last small bowl had belonged to the baby bear. This bowl was just right for Goldilocks and she decided to eat it all. The comparison of both of these stories is that there are three homes where the pigs lived that the wolf was purposely intending on destroying where as in the story of the Bears, everything was in threes. There were three different types of homes built in the Three Little Pigs. One pig built a home out of straw. This pig seemed to try and want to get the easy way out by doing what seemed easiest. Another pig built his home out of sticks. The pig that built his home from bricks was the smarter of the pigs. In the Three Bears, everything that belonged to each bear was specially built to cater to each of the bear’s needs in the homes. The big bed would only fit the Papa Bear. The medium sized bed would only fit the Mommy Bear. The small bed would only fit Baby Bear.
Upon Goldilocks entering the Bear’s home, unwelcomed, it can be a frightening thing. Not knowing that there was a person in their home is nothing that anyone would want to experience. Destroying property and eating up their dinner were just a few things that the little girl had done to the Bears. Although, Goldilocks’ intentions were harmless, it was invasion of property and of their space. They could have been like the wolf and had just devoured her for being in their house. In the story of the Three Little Pigs, the pigs were aware of the wolf even though he hadn’t gotten into their homes. The wolf had intended on his main focus was to get him some three little pigs for dinner.
With both of these different yet similar stories comes a lesson in both. In the Three Little Pigs, the mother had already given them all instruction to grow up and move out. It was each of the little pig’s responsibilities to take heed and learn all they need to know to be successful as well as safe in the world. With this said, each pig should have did some research on what types of materials would make good house building materials. Had they done this, the wolf wouldn’t have stood a chance against either of the homes. Preparation would have been the key in this situation. Goldilocks could have waited until they had at least returned from their walk before she decided to waltz into their homes and break chairs, eat their food, and sleep in their beds. In the older stories, it teaches us that doing nice things for people gives us nice things in return. I would just assume that the smarter pig with the brick home must have done his research. In the story of the Three Bears, we would learn that stealing is wrong in the one version where Goldilocks makes her curious way into the home of the bears without their consent.
In some stories, the pigs that had homes destroyed ran to the next pig’s home meaning that all the pigs ended up in the same home. In the Story of The Three Little Pigs (Denslow) the first two pigs are eaten by the wolf in the attempts for the wolf to get into their homes. The final pig in this story was constantly tricked by the wolf in leaving the house for several items or objects. The few times that the wolf tried to get the smarter pig out of the house by saying that there was a fair, then the wolf told him that there were fresh produce and vegetables for him to check out. Knowing that this was the wolf’s cunning way of getting the pig out of the house, he didn’t fall for it. Needless to say, the wolf was frustrated in not being able to trick this pig into leaving the home. In the end of this version, the wolf climbs into the chimney of the brick home in hot pursuit of the little pig. Knowing that the wolf was coming for him, the pig turned on the kettle pot in the fire and made sure the water was boiling hot. The wolf fell in and the pig stewed him up and ate him. In the story of Denslow’s The Three Bears, Goldilocks was called Golden Hair. She had lived with her elderly grandmother. Golden had to do all of the work to take care of her grandmother. (Denslow pg.4) In this story, Golden was aware of the Bears and had wanted to meet them. While she was waiting she decided to tidy up the messy home. The bears came home to find a little girl as well as a very tidy home. They thanked her and asked her to join them for soup instead of porridge. In both of these versions of these same two stories are two completely different endings as well as stories all together. Both of these childhood stories are ones that are in our thoughts as well as our hearts for generations to come. Regardless of their differences or similarities, there will be lessons learned.