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The Swan Princess is a story for children from 8 years old, since the plot is complex to understand for younger children. The story involves a prince, an enchanted princess and an evil sorcerer. To break the spell that stops Princess Odette from being a swan, she must find true love.
This story tells of true love, the obstacles it has often encountered, and the falsehoods and traps it must overcome.
Long ago, prince sifredo he was celebrating his twenty-first birthday, together with his friends, peasants, and his guardian, in one of the palace gardens. But his mother was concerned about the carefree lifestyle her son led. He expressed that he should already marry to occupy the throne, since she was already in advanced age.
The queen organized a dance, which would take place the next day, where all the marriageable maidens of the kingdom would be invited and at the end of this dance, her son would have to choose one to marry and thus be crowned king.
This news caused melancholy in Sifredo since he will not be able to marry for love. His friends and his tutor tried to cheer him up. In that, they see a flock of swans pass by, in the middle of the night. One of his friends suggests that he start a hunting party. Sifredo accepts, they all grab their weapons and go in search of the swans.
Later, during sunset, Sifredo gets separated from his friends and reaches a beautiful lake on the shore of a ruined castle. There he manages to see a swan swimming, he points his crossbow to kill it, but is stunned to see that the swan transforms into a young and beautiful princess named Odette.
Odette tells him that she and her friends are condemned to live forever under a spell that the evil witch Rothbart has placed on them. Many years ago Odette lived happily in the castle with her parents, when she turned 16, her parents threw a big party in the palace.
The party was ruined by the witch Rothbart, who entered the party as an owl. For not having invited him, the witcher cast a spell on Odette and her friends with a spell: by day she and her friends would be turned into swan and at night they would be transformed back into human, although they could not leave the enchanted lake. The lake was filled with the suffering tears of Odette's parents. The spell could only be broken if someone who had never loved before swore to love Odette forever.
While Odette was talking to Sifredo, the witch Rothbart descends like an owl into the lake. Seeing him, Sifredo points his weapon at him to kill him, but Odette intercedes and begs Sifredo for compassion for Rothbart, since if he kills him, the spell can never be broken.
Sifredo drops the weapon and Rothbart transforms Odette and her friends back into swan so that the prince cannot break the spell. Odette swims away as a swan and Rothbart becomes an owl and flies away.
Sifredo talks to Odette's friends and promises to swear eternal love to Odette the next night, but it soon dawns and Sifredo must leave.
Later, at night, the party is held in the castle where Sifredo must choose a wife. The queen mother enters with Sifredo and the master of ceremonies begins the celebration. The marriageable girls are introduced and the queen asks Sifredo to dance with six princesses and to choose one as a fiancee. Sifredo complains that he does not love any of them. He thinks of Odette and refuses to choose a wife. His mother gets mad at him.
At that moment the master of ceremonies announces the arrival of an unknown nobleman and his daughter. It is the baron and the evil witch Rothbart who arrives in disguise at the party with his daughter, the evil witch Odile. The evil warlock Rothbart has transformed his daughter Odile into Odette, so that Sifredo thinks that she is Odette in all respects, except that she wears black instead of white.
The prince, bewitched by the witcher, thinks he sees Odette in Odile, turned into Odette. Odette, transformed into a white swan, appears in a castle window and in vain tries to warn Sifredo that he is being deceived. But Sifredo remains oblivious and proclaims in court that he intends to make Odile his wife, turned into Odette.
The queen mother accepts and Sifredo swears to Odile eternal love. Rothbart unmasks the whole lie and shows Sifredo a magical vision of Odette, transformed into a white swan, in the distance. Odile then stops having the appearance of Odette and transforms and recovers her true face from the evil Odile, content to have deceived Sifredo by making him believe that Odile when she was transformed into Odette, was his beloved, beloved and adored Odette. Sifredo realizes his terrible mistake and, dejected by pain, runs desperately towards the lake.
On the shores of the lake, the swans maidens sadly await Odette's arrival. She arrives crying desperately for Sifredo's betrayal and tells them about the sad events of the party at the palace. The swans maidens try to comfort her, but she resigns herself to living without Sifredo's love. In that Sifredo appears imploring his forgiveness. She forgives him and the couple reaffirms their love.
Rothbart appears and insists that Sifredo keep his promise to marry Odile, otherwise he will transform Odette into a swan forever. Rothbart locks Odette in the ruins of the old castle so that she does not escape. Sifredo fights against Rothbart but he escapes turned into an owl, so Sifredo shoots him with his crossbow and Rothbart falls with his wounded wing. When he falls, he tears off his amulet and thus kills the source of his powers, thus breaking the spell.
Odette and her friends are transformed back into humans, and Odile, Rothbart's daughter, is condemned to live an eternity turned into a black swan. Rothbart dies and Sifredo and Odette seal their love with a kiss. They go to the palace and get married.
(Story sent by Andrés Gutierrez Figueroa)
1. Why is Prince Sifredo's mother worried?
2. What decision did the queen make for Sifredo to marry?
3. What did Sifredo find in a lake when he went hunting?
4. Who was Odette?
5. Who was Rothbart?
6. What spell did Rothbart cast on Odette and her friends?
7. What did Sifredo do to free Odette from her spell?
8. What have you learned from this story?
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