Goldilocks and the Three Bears a Story in Threes
You don’t need me to tell you the plot of the famous children’s story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
A Story in Threes
A popular literary device is using the number three, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, does this very well.
There are three bowls of porridge, three chairs, three beds and, of course, three bears.
The Rule of Three, as it is known, is created when a writer includes three events or characters for added effect.
When these aspects are introduced in threes they are thought to be more humorous, satisfying, or more compelling.
The reader is thought to remember them better and learn from the story in a more complex manner.
This is because having three elements combines both brevity and rhythm with having the smallest amount of information to create a pattern
It makes the author or speaker appear knowledgeable while being both simple and catchy.
The Just Right Principle
As well, having three choices – two at either poles from each other, and one in the middle is a lesson in choosing the middle option.
At a time when learning to curb one’s desires and wants was popular, the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears was thought to help children learn to choose a more moderate path in life.
Variations of Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Goldilocks and the Three Bears is thought to be about 200 years old.
It began as simply, The Three Bears, but a female character was soon added.
The story was first recorded in narrative form by British writer and poet Robert Southey.
The intruder was at first an old, ugly woman, but then it was changed to a pretty young girl.
Like Little Red Riding Hood, it is a story that gives us a lesson about the dangers of wandering off and exploring unknown territory on one’s own.
So, next time you share the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears with your grandchildren you’ll be able to share with them a little bit of its history.