The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
Three brothers all want to marry a beautiful princess. The Czar gives them a challenge. He says that whichever of them builds a flying ship and presents it to him will get to marry his daughter. The three brothers then set out to build a flying ship and marry the princess.
Special Beginning- The special beginning started with an “once upon a time there lived.” This is how fairytales usually start. Beginnings such as this don’t explain the setting well and are very vague.
Good Character- The good character was Simpleton. He was determined to marry the princess and worked his way to that goal with his men. He completed all of the assigned tasks of the Czar and married the princess.
Misguided Character- The misguided character is the Czar. He offered the people of his country his daughter if they could make a flying ship, but he didn’t allow Simpleton to marry his daughter even though Simpleton made a flying ship because he was a peasant. After the Czar gave Simpleton tasks that Simpleton accomplishes, the Czar “commanded him to come to the palace to be married to the princess” (Ransome).
Royalty and a Castle- Royalty and a castle is present in this fairytale. The princess and the Czar show royalty in this fairy tale. Later in the story, Simpleton becomes a part of the royal family because he married the princess. Simpleton and his crew “arrived at the king’s castle, where the Czar was having dinner” (Ransome). The castle is where the Czar and the princess were having dinner and ordered Simpleton to do his impossible task.
Magical Use/Something Magical- An old manikin told Simpleton to stop in front of a tree, bow three times, and strike a tree with an axe; then, he was not to look at it, but to fall to his knees and sleep, and when he should wake up, he should see a flying ship next to him. This is something magical because a tree can’t just transform into a flying ship. Also, there was a man who carried wood. The wood could transform into an army. There was also another man who carried straw that could make places cold.
Problem/Solution- The problem at the beginning was to make a flying ship. Simpleton had to go venture out to find this. On the way, he me a manikin. The manikin gave Simpleton advice on how to make the flying ship. Simpleton followed his advice and made the flying ship. On the way to the castle of the Czar, Simpleton brought men aboard his flying ship. The Czar gave Simpleton impossible tasks. The Czar’s first task was to get healing water from the other side of the Earth. One of the men was able to run across the world very quickly. So, he ran and fell asleep because he was tired of running. Then, another one of the men in ship shot his gun to the tree above where the man who ran was sleeping. The sound startled the man and woke him up. The healing water then got to the Czar. The Czar then told Simpleton to eat twelve oxen and twelve tons of bread. One of the men who never had a full meal ate it all. Then the Czar told Simpleton to drink forty caskets of wine. Another one of the men aboard, who was never able to fulfill his thirst, drank all of it. The Czar then told Simpleton to take a bath in the castle. The Czar tried to burn the crew alive, but one of the men had straw which could protect them from the heat. The next morning, the crew was safe and sound. The Czar had enough. He demanded Simpleton to make an army. The last man on board had wood which could transform into an army.
3’s and 7’s-The use of the number three and seven was shown in this fairytale. First of all, there was “an old couple who had three sons,” all of which wanted to marry the princess (Ransome).Then, Simpleton had to bow to the tree three times. This would help the tree turn into the flying ship. Simpleton also had seven other men with him to help in his journey to marry the princess.
Connection to Russia
This fairytale connected to Russia in a major way. Earlier in Russia, there used to be Czars and Czarinas. They were mostly very harsh rulers who wanted the best for their children. Usually, the parents chose who they wanted their children to marry, and in this story, the Czar made the choice that whoever could make a flying ship could marry the daughter. This connects to Russia in many ways because there were Czars in Russia back in time, and there was also a Czar in this story. In a religious way, the Czar was Christian Orthodox by the way he described himself and the church that he went to. Simpleton and the princess had a marriage that was huge like most Russian weddings.