Assignment 2 - Piero Martinez Professor Helfer Fairy Tales Then and Now 4 May 2019 Tommy The Evil Tree Once upon a time a pleasant little village named

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Piero Martinez Professor Helfer Fairy Tales Then and Now 4 May 2019 Tommy & The Evil Tree Once upon a time, a pleasant little village named Narth was inhabited by a peaceful population of simple-minded people who were known for their woodworking abilities. In this city was a little boy named Tommy, whose family was well respected for their crafts. Tommy didn’t want to be a carpenter. He wanted to be a musician. People came from near and far to get lumber, furniture, and toys from Narth. The village was apt at this trade because it was located adjacent to a vast forest of evergreen trees that danced in the wind and sang their peaceful songs of glee. But there was one tree that stood alone. On the outskirts of town stood the largest tree in the area. The tree was known for being evil, and those who attempted to cut the tree down were never seen again. One day, Tommy asked his mother, “Mommy, how come the evil tree doesn’t like us?” Tommy’s brother William interjected and said , “Because he’s evil . From across the room, Tommy’s oldest brother Steven said , “He needs to be taken care of . Tommy was shocked by the words of his brothers. As a simple - minded and naïve young boy, Tommy was curious why anybody would be so evil. He plucked at his guitar strings and continued to practice his song.
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Tommy was interrupted when his father busted through the door and said “That’s it! The carpenters of Narth have decided that we need to get rid of Evil Tree once and for all. He’s eaten too many of our workers . William and Ste v ph en pumped their fists in unison. The family seemed to be happy with the idea of destroying the tree. Tommy felt differently. “Daddy, why does the Evil Tree not like us?” Tommy asked, hoping for a better answer than he had already received “Because he’s not like us , Tommy”, Father said as he lowered himself to his knees and met Tommy’s eye level, “We are peaceful and Evil Tree is violent. Even though we are nice here in Narth, we need to destroy Evil Tree so we can be peaceful forever . . With that, Father stood up and addressed his two older sons. “William, Stephen, which one of you wants to help out? We have a few ideas but we need able-bodied young men like you to carry out the duty . The two boys nearly jumped out of their seat at the chance to destroy Evil Tree. After agreeing on Stephen to take charge, the family headed off to sleep. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following day, everybody gathered around the edge of Narth to see the big event. Carpenters, children, and visitors alike stood in anticipation to see Stephen and his axe attempt the unthinkable, which was to destroy Evil Tree. Tommy wasn’t there. Instead, he was home alone practicing his guitar. He was working on his song that he wrote about the Evil Tree. Rather than fight violence with violence, Tommy
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found it in his heart to sit inside and work on his peaceful melody and reflect on the entire situation. Narth people are peaceful , he thought, why are we doing this?
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