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    In Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece, “Pan’s Labyrinth”, he explores the important connection of a person and their imagination within everyday reality. Based on a fairy tale, Princess Moanna whose father is king of the underworld visits the human world where she is blinded by sunlight, which then erases her memory and becomes mortal. The setting is in Spain 1944, during the country’s Civil War. The film follows Ofelia; a young girl whose father died in the war and her pregnant mother married a military captain. The young girl recognizes the evil man’s evil intentions and escaped her surroundings through her wild imagination that was filled with mythical creatures and fairies. Ofelia discovers a stick insect that she believes is a fairy, which leads her to an ancient labyrinth. That same night, she meets the faun who believes her (Ofelia) to be Princess Moanna and assigns her three tasks to complete to gain immortality again. Throughout her quest he encounters several monsters such as a giant toad and the Pale Man, a child-eating monster. Ofelia refuses to complete the final task of the faun by not letting the faun sacrifice her baby brother’s blood. The faun leaves Ofelia to her fate where she is shot by the captain. Her blood drips down a spiral staircase onto an altar and Ofelia is in a room with a golden throne where the king of the underworld tells her that this was all a test that showed Ofelia would rather shed her own blood than that of the innocent. Her…

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    As we usher in the festive season, the magnificent University of Illinois at Chicago Theatre rekindles our love and belief in fairy-tale by astonishing us the phenomenal play titled The Secret in the wings by Mary Zimmerman. With the amazing direction by Christine Mary Dunford, the secret in the wings brings stories of love, life and fantasy alive on stage. Everyone at some point in their life have had deep believe in fairy tales, some still hold on to them, I should know because I’m one of…

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    Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s The Three Feathers (1819) is a fairy tale about the underdog in society that gets lucky. The motif of this fairy tale is society; the underdog can get lucky. This fairy tale is about an underdog who is underestimated and undervalued, but in the end he ends up succeeding even though he did not deserve it. Just because an underdog gets lucky it doesn 't mean they deserve the outcome over others. In this fairy tale’s it is questionable to whether or not the main…

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    As with any genre or form, fairy tales provoke a certain kind of thought when approached. The ideas of magic and adventure, marriage and loss, and more jump to mind. One technique in particular relies on a fairy tale’s established environment: “normalized magic” (Bernheimer). The fairy tale itself exists in a uniform world, one with rules and laws different from reality. Magic exists in varying forms, sometimes grandiose and sometimes subtle. But its existence in typically preserved throughout…

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    setting because that is what I don’t like about writing the most. I find it very hard to think of an original story and write it down and keep the way that I wanted at the start of it. What I’m talking about is quite hard to explain but I will attempt to with this short little essay. I remember when I was in fourth grade sitting in class writing a story about a man afraid of garden gnomes because they were constantly eating…

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    Narrative Essay On Gnomes

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    my hubby and I collect miniature Garden gnomes and have them at various spots throughout the house. a few weeks ago My family and I left for vacation, and when we retuned the gnomes had all completely changed places. DH was last to leave the house and first to enter it when we got back, and im sure it wasnt him. Some of the gnomes have been glued into place in their new position. At first we were freaked out and thought someone had broken in, but nothing was stolen and there were no signs of…

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    People are always coming up to me and asking, “What is the weirdest case you’ve ever done?” Every time I tell them, “The Stolen Santa Garden Gnome, of course.” Honestly, it is the weirdest. Along with it just being weird, people always think it’s cool that I have done a case like that before, that’s why I think it is weird! But before I start the story, you have to meet my partner Ari Harper. Ari Harper is probably the best partner you could have. She can figure out a problem in about 5 minutes…

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    CHAPTER FOUR Scrumptious Gnome Pie I hadn 't been asleep for very long when something above me starting tapping lightly on my chest with what felt like a finger. I cracked an eye waking from the nightmare to discover that I was face to face with the little gnome that I 'd meet in the Enchanted Forest. I struggled to raise, still shaky from the dream and shouted, "Cotton, you scared me." "Sorry, is that you Aiden?" he said and eyes twinkled as his tiny month cracked open into a huge smile.…

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    ELDON THE GIANT AND BREDOCK HOLT THE GNOME lay concealed in a patch of scrub grass and stubby trees, which did little to shelter them from the elements. It was late evening and they were high on a steep hillside overlooking a bleak valley. They were both well wrapped against the biting wind and incessant driving rain, but that did little to raise their spirits. It had rained almost nonstop since their arrival in Yar-Atgur, the Gnome homelands. They had set out straight after the meeting with…

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    Wish You Were Here is a suspenseful story about how Dorothy, the main character, bought a gnome and discovers the mystery behind it. Each of the characters appeared played an important role in the development of the story. There are 3 main characters: Dorothy, Norman, and Norah. Dorothy is a very special character than characters in other stories, she doesn't have qualities most of the characters would have. For example, curiosity. Most characters in stories would be curious in this situation…

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