The Princess and All the Kingdom Essay

866 Words Mar 3rd, 2013 4 Pages
Elizabeth Freeman 12/15/11
Honors English One Blue Mrs. Merrill

“The Princess and All the Kingdom” “The Princess and All the Kingdom” shows how responsibility causes people to grow up and mature very quickly. The prince in the story starts out very selfish and impulsive. He goes out and fights his way across the kingdom in order to marry the princess. The princess is the love of his life but she does not know who he is. The prince achieves his goal and the princess agrees to marry him. They get married that day and everyone celebrates. It wasn’t until that night that the prince is told that he is now
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He tries to get out of having this responsibility but in the end he realizes he can’t. “But the old man put out his hand soothingly and the young man’s arm sank. He looked at him searchingly, with a wise man’s calm. ‘Lord you are no longer a prince,’ he said gently. ‘You are a king.’” This shows how the young prince eventually came to terms with his responsibility and accepted it as a result of his impulsive and selfish actions. The prince gravely accepts the power and responsibility and returns to the princess with a little more knowledge and maturity. The prince learns to grow up in a few hours because of his immaturity. He acted immaturely when he impulsively went out and fought everyone in order to marry the princess. He did not stop and ask what will happen if he did this but merely kept fighting for his love. The very fast push of a huge responsibility really made him grow up and come to terms with his impulsive actions that got him into this mess. He accepts the power which is a sign that he is more mature and grown up. “The Princess and All the Kingdom” by Par Lagerkvist teaches many people to think about their actions before they act and that in order to be happy they must also be

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