Rapunzel
Story Characters - Single-Level Format
All parts are written at an average reading level of Stage 5

Rapunzel                                      26% of story

I've been locked up in this hateful tower for years, and the only person I ever get to see is the witch. My social life is a disaster, and now I'm starting to have problems with my hair - because the witch insists on climbing up it every day. When I finally do get a chance to meet new people, there's always the threat of her showing up and changing whoever visits me into something horrible. How will I ever be popular? Do I need a computerized dating-service?

Witch                                                    22% of story

I don't understand why mature, appearance-challenged women like me always come off as totally unsympathetic characters in this kind of story. I mean, first my neighbors trespass on my property and steal from my garden. Then, when I give their daughter every opportunity to advance herself, she gets involved with a bungling royal. Where's the gratitude? That's what I want to know! Where's the appreciation?

Prince                                                 13% of story

It is such a trial being a handsome prince. You have no idea of the time you have to put in to maintain your looks. It's rush, rush, rush, from the gym to a fitting with the tailor, to a ball, or a reception. I have absolutely no time for myself. And my subjects will keep standing in front of mirrors, so I can't see how I look. Plus, women all over my kingdom throw themselves at me wherever I go. Do you think someday I'll find someone who will love me for myself alone?

Hairdresser                                   13% of story

I was reely surprised when this witch came inta' the Salon de Paree where I work, and took me ta' see this girl named Rapunzel who was havin' problems with her ha-uh. Let me tell ya', she lived in the weirdest place ya' ever saw. Some crummy old tower that askshully had no stairs, and no door. Reely bizarre! You think I'm kiddin', doncha? What? You think I'd lie to ya'?

Farmer                                                   2% of story

I'm just a poor man who's trying to make a living, but my wife always thinks the vegetables are greener on the other side of the fence - the fence around the witch's garden, that is. I want my wife to be happy, but I'm scared that the witch will catch me stealing from her garden. Do you think I'm really suited for a life of crime?

Farmer's Wife                               4% of story

All I wanted was a nice crispy salad. I simply asked my husband to get me some of an up-scale, leafy green vegetable called rampion, and he had a fit! Just because it only grew in the witch's garden.. Was that asking for too much?

Narrator                                             20% of story

As the narrator, I am the master storyteller! It's up to me to keep the story alive and interesting with each exciting detail. So, I must read everything with expression and excitement!