The Three Oranges
By: Barbara Leonie Picard
The Three Oranges is a fairy tail that takes place in a far-off kingdom in France. There lives a king and a princess. On the princess's eighteenth birthday she falls ill. No doctors can cure her but if she gets three oranges from an orange tree in the garden where snow never falls. If one succeeds, they will marry the princess. Now in a small village three sons hear about this and the first, eldest son sets off for the orange tree. Along the way, he stops for a rest on a nearby tree and meets a magical woman. She asks him what is in his basket and she tells her there are three frogs. She knows she was lied to so she turns the oranges into three frogs. The next son sets off to the orange tree and rests on the same tree as his brother. When he is asked what he has in his basket he says three snakes. Again, the magical woman turns the oranges into three snakes. The third son sets off and sits down at the same tree. When he is asked, he tells the truth and the magical woman gives him three gifts to help him complete the three tasks he will be given by the king. When he arrives at the castle the king gives him three tasks and he easily completes them. In the end the youngest peasant and the princess get married. He gave his mother a fine house and lots of money and she never had to work again.
The special beginning in The Three Oranges is "Long time ago there was a king who had a daughter as good as she was beautiful" (Picard).
The protagonist is the youngest son of elderly widow who, when asked what he is doing, does not lie. He was a "cheerful, kindly lad who worked hard enough for three" (Picard).
The evil character is either the king who was unimpressed after the peasant brought his daughter the three oranges or the two eldest boys that were "lazy and shiftless and good-for-nothing" (Picard).
The royalty in the fairy tale would be the king and princess.
There was a magical women in this fairy tale. When each of the sons sat down at a certain tree, a magical women would approach them and ask them what they had in their basket. If they lied she would and said it was something other than three oranges she would turn the oranges into whatever they said. If they told the truth she would help them by giving them three gifts that would help them complete the three tasks given by the king.
The problem in this story is that the princess has fallen ill on her eighteenth birthday. The doctors say there is no cure.
The solution to this problem is bringing her three oranges from a specific tree in a garden in a far away land.
Connection between fairy tale and france
The connection between the fairy tale and France is probably the royalty and castle. France has many famous castles such as Château Galliard and Château de Falaise.