You can read Hans Christian Andersen's version of The Emperor's New Clothes on the SurLaLune website.
This fairy tale site, compiled by Pittsburgh University, includes Hans Christian Andersen's version of The Emperor's New Clothes. You can also find a number of fairy tales which are similar to the story of the Emperor's New Clothes. You may find useful information here for your Emperor's New Clothes timeline.
Different people see different moral messages in the Snow White tale, below are a few examples.
Think about the story of the Emperor's New Clothes, which of these do you think is the main moral lesson for this story?
Think for yourself
Remember, we're all human
Don't be vain
As explained in the 'Conventions of fairy tales' section, a fairy story always includes a number of important elements. In the story of The Emperor's New Clothes the elements include:
In the story of the Emperor's New Clothes, the good character is the Emperor.
The bad characters in this story are the weavers who fool the Emperor into thinking he is wearing clothes.
Can you think of any supporting characters in this story?
Magic features in this story as the invisible fabric which foolish people cannot see.
OBSTACLE OR TASK
A fairy tale usually includes an obstacle or task which the characters must tackle with to reach their happy ending. Can you think of the obstacle or task which the Emperor has to overcome?
HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Do you think this story has a happily ever ending? Some versions finish with the Emperor holding his head up high and the crowd, seeing his courage, cheer and shout "Long live the Emperor!" Hans Christian Andersen's version does not have this ending though, do you think his story ends 'happily ever after'
What do you think is the moral message of the Emperor's New Clothes story? Read some suggestions in the left hand column and then vote for the moral which you think is the main lesson of this tale. When you have voted, have a look and see what other people think.