G looked for a tool to help him discern the important stuff in Rapunzel, so he can keep the essence while telling it in his own words. He told the story to many people throughout the week but when he arrived to our lesson, he was not happy with the results. He told me the story and although fluent, it sounded flat, technical.
I offered him a tool: argue or rationalize the necessity of each word in the written tale. Leave out explaining the syntax; I want to know about the rest. Since it is a folktale, the answer cannot be “because that is how the author wanted it”.
Via Gregg Morris