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Creating Ripples ... Making Waves

A Storytelling Concert About Transformation:
Choices, Compromises, Consequences, and Change


STORY ABSTRACT
 


NAME OF THE STORYTELLER:

JODIE FLETCHER


TITLE OF THE STORY:

THE KING'S BARGAIN


STORY SOURCE MATERIAL:

A story adaptation from various Folktale sources


TALETYPE:

Parable/Folktale


STORY RATING:

General Audience (Children especially)


ABSTRACT/SUMMARY OF THE STORY:

The King’s Bargain is a parable which demonstrates how “discontentment” can lead one to become unhappy and dissatisfied with one’s “lot” in life, and begin to seek happiness and fulfillment in what others possess. The king of this story decides he is tired of being king and despises his lot in life and seeks happiness in what others have, by offering to “trade” positions with them. The king finally finds what he thinks is a “suitable” trade and the “peasant” whom he trades with thinks he has made the deal of the century. In the end both discover they were much happier with what God have given them, and both return to their “lot-in-life” to happily rule over their respective kingdoms.


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