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Comparative Analysis Paper

The Three Little Pigs

I chose the story “The Three Little Pigs by Joseph Jacobs and did a comparing analysis to “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieska. Both stories are very similar in its moral lesson and in some sort, the characteristics and personalities of the characters but the stories are completely different. Overall, this story is well equipped to swipe the attention of any child reader due to its humor and sense of adventure. This paper intends to focus on how times have changed and evolved the writing style of children’s book authors into becoming more sensitive and less vulgar in comparison to the past few hundred years.


In both stories, the major conflict I believe is Man Vs. Self. Most of the time throughout both stories, I observed from the interactions between the pigs and the wolf that both parties and characters were driven by greed. In both versions, the wolf uses his cunning ways to secure his interests whereby he succeeds and manages to kill the first two pigs. In Joseph’s version, the last surviving pig with the brick house is clever enough to trick the wolf and head out way earlier than suppose to go and hunt for all the food the wolf had been telling him about. There also are major trust issues between the antagonist and protagonist’s of the story; this makes it difficult for the two to coexist specially when living next to each other in Jon’s version. When the wolf asks for sugar, the pig responds back to the wolf’s request harshly.

Poverty is one of the themes of the story that struck me as odd but also the last thing I thought I would find in a children’s story. Financial insufficiency has adjusted the pig’s lives into more miserable ones to the point that they had to leave home in able to survive; in Joseph’s version, the book indicates that the mother was unable to do much about their poverty state so she had to let the little three pigs go. In Jon’s version what also highlights the poverty theme is the wolf going around houses asking for sugar instead of going to the market. Also, the fact that the first two pigs built their houses out of straw and sticks insinuated and highlights the poor state of the pigs.

The other theme I noticed throughout both books is naivety and lack of empathy. In Joseph’s version of the story, the first two pigs really show their trusting and natural side of being friendly and naivety by trusting the wolf and taking him for his word when he promised them food. The wolf lacks empathy in both versions, he is driven by his selfish gains and hides it with his cunning and deceitful personality. Even after having one meal, he still manages to down one more pig and was still ready for the third if he hadn’t been caught by the police in time.





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