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Historical Background Of Nursury Rhymes Essay

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1. Historical background of a nursery rhyme & why it has been lost: Jack and Jill Went up the Hill To Fetch a Pail of Water Jack Fell Down And Broke his Crown And Jill Came Tumbling After The origin of the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme is possibly from Scandinavia mythology. Jack and Jill were very mischievous and they went up the hill to steal a bucket of dew that Mani (the moon god) left there. The moon emerged from behind a cloud and asked the wind to blow Jack and Jill away. The wind complied. While at the bottom of the hill attending to Jack's broken head, the moon caught them. Here stems the image of two children with a bucket hanging from a rod between them on the surface of a full moon.Another suggestion is that the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme refers to the beheading of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette became King and Queen of France in 1774; thus the line "Went Up the Hill". In the mid 1770's, France was in financial crisis. To calm the ever growing rebellion amongst the people, Louis XVI remitted the most unfair taxes and began financial restructuring; "To Fetch a Pail of Water". This signifies putting out the flames of rebellion. The French Bourgeoisie had the King and Royal Family imprisoned in 1789; "Jack Fell Down". In 1792, Louis XVI was tried for treason, convicted and sentenced to death by guillotine; "And Broke His Crown". Next, Marie Antoinette was convicted and sentenced to death for treason. She too was guillotined; "And Jill Came Tumbling After".The memory of this rhyme seems to have been lost over many years. The actual origins are unclear which may be one reason most people lack this knowledge. These rhymes are generally now told only to children and have gained a purpose solely for amusement. When children are taught the rhyme, they are not told about Louis XVI or anything about Scandinavian mythology. Their young minds are not yet mature enough to comprehend the data. The rhymes are generally taken in a literal sense and no thought to their historical origins takes place. Generally, the reason the memory of it's origin appears to be lost is that modern day society rarely think back to the reign of Louis XVI in the 1700's, much less associate with it.2. Identify the type of contamination in two urban legends: Modern myths and legends exist in our present day society in the form of urban legends. Urban legends are continuously being passed on by word of mouth and more easily by email via the Internet. Urban legends are warnings of contamination. They represent fears all humans have of things that are threatening. Two urban legends that exist...

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