T is for...Talking Animals!

A lot of fairy tales have talking animals in them, which is one of the reasons why I like them so much - it just seems so much more magical than having humans in them! The actual term is Anthropomorphism, which means attributing human characteristics to animals.
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In The Three Billy Goats Gruff, the three goats can not only talk, they are also shown to be very clever animals. Each goat knows how to get across the bridge without being eaten by the troll, to get to the lovely fields on the other side. The first goat tells the troll that there is a larger goat coming behind him, that the troll will find more satisfying to eat. The second goat says the same thing, so the troll waits for the biggest goat to cross the bridge. When he does, he is so big that he easily tosses the troll off the bridge, and follows the other goats to the fields, where they live happily ever after.
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In The Three Little Pigs, three pigs are sent out into the world by their mother to seek their fortune. The first pig builds his house from straw, but it gets blown down by a wolf who wants to eat the pig. The pig runs to his brothers house, which also gets blown down by the wolf as it is made of sticks. The two pigs run to their brothers house, which the wolf is unable to blow down as it is made of bricks. I love the conversation between the wolf and each of the pigs, always going as follows:
"Little pig, little pig, let me come in."
"No, no, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin."
"Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in."
The wolf then tries to trick the pigs out of the brick house, but they are too clever to fall for his tricks. He then decides to climb down the chimney and get at the pigs that way, but the pigs are too smart for him, as they boil a pot of water in the chimney and the wolf falls into it and is cooked!
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There is also a wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, who not only speaks like a human, he also dresses up as one! He eats little red's grandmother and dresses in her clothes to trick her. She notices a lot of differences, saying things like "What big teeth you have!" and the wolf replies "All the better to eat you with, my dear!" thus revealing himself and eating her. Luckily, a hunter comes by and slices the wolf's belly open, saving little red and her grandmother.
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There are more talking animals in Goldilocks and the three bears, who are very much humanised as they eat porridge for breakfast, sit in chairs and sleep in beds!
In each of these tales, the animals are perceived as much smarter than we believe them to be in real life! The wolf is always very devious, and is great at coming up with plans to eat people/other animals!

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  1. What are you saying, animals do not actually talk..;)

    I think that it would be something we knew what our animals were actually thinking. Like me dog, "pay attention to me. Look I saw something shiny."

    If I have not told you yet, you have dome a great job on your theme throughout the challenge.

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    1. I would love to know what my pets are thinking! Usually I imagine they are thinking "What an idiot, what is she doing now?" Haha!
      Thank you very much, I'm loving yours as well, I love learning more about Star Wars :)

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  2. Love this entry, I have enjoyed all your posts during this challenge. Great Job!

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    1. Thanks very much! I've enjoyed yours too :)

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  3. When I was a kid, the concept of talking animals didn't entertain me, it disturbed me. :/

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    1. Haha aww I just thought they were cute :)

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  4. My favorite are the mice from Cinderella. I wish wish wish I could have Gus Gus for MY friend.

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    1. Yeah I liked the mice from Cinderella too :)

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  5. Great post :) I like the mice from Cinderella too! I always wished I could talk to animals when I was little!

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    1. I still wish it! I'd love to know what my dog's thinking sometimes :)

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  6. Well done you appear to be getting through the Alphabet stress free, I have seen quite a few pack up the challenge now.

    I will be interested to see what you post for U as I cant think of anything other than Unicorns. I am not aware of them in Fairy tales, but then I'm mad so know nothing.

    Good luck getting to the end (Z)

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    1. All the hard letters are coming up, including U! I'm about to do my U post, and still don't know what I'll be doing it on! I might use unicorns just as a fairy tale creature :)

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  7. Sometimes I just look at my cats and wonder what on earth they're thinking. I'm positive the grumpy one thinks that she's way too good to be around humans and the only way to show this is to meow and scratch us! If only they cold talk!

    Anyway, great post! I think the world would be a better place if animals could talk because some such as dogs are just so loving! :)

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    1. Aww my cat's like that too, she definitely thinks she's better than me and my mum! She loves men though...
      Thanks! I'd love it if animals could talk, I often talk to mine anyway, it would be great if they'd talk back! :)

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  8. Talking animals reminds me of The Wild Thornberrys. To have Eliza's gift would be amazing!
    Great post!

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    1. I always used to love watching that because I'd love to have that gift! :)

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  9. Talking animals are awesome but I'm sure Donkey from Shrek would get annoying after a while lol!

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    1. Oh yeah, he probably would...I actually think my dog would be kind of like that if he could talk! :)

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  10. I love the Three Billy Goats Gruff...


    Elizabeth
    A to Z co-host

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    1. Me too, it's a great fairy tale :)

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