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The Emperor’s New Clothes Essay

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There is an interesting fairy tale that tells about a vain emperor that did not care about anything; he only worried about his elegant clothes. He was cheated by two swindlers who pretended to make him beautiful clothes but did not, and he went to a parade without wearing anything. No one exposed this lie, and some people even said the Emperor’s clothes were very beautiful. Finally, a naive child’s words ended this farce. The Emperor thought of as a fool for such a long time, and it is because of his vanity. All the common people were deceived by the cheaters because they said stupid people cannot see the clothes. In the fairy tale, the two swindlers were able to succeed because they found the people’s weakness of the heart --- vanity. Actually, vanity is inherent, and it comes from people’s nature; however, when people are children, their hearts are very pure and honest. When time passes and people grow up, vanity deeply corrupts people’s hearts. People should not lose their sincere heart for their vanity and give up the principle of being human. "The Emperor's New Clothes" teaches people that they should maintain a naive romantic innocence and tell the truth because in doing these things, they will be true to themselves.
      "The Emperor’s New Clothes" was written by Danish poet and author
Hans Christian Anderson, and this tale is one of Andersen's most popular stories. Anderson exposed that the ruling class is vain, extravagant, wasteful, and most importantly, foolish. The two swindlers found out the ruling class’ weak point, so they said:
We are two very good tailors and after many years of research we have invented an extraordinary method to weave a cloth so light and fine that it looks invisible. As a matter of fact it is invisible to anyone who is too stupid and incompetent to appreciate its quality. (Anderson)
Of course, the Emperor and ministers cannot see anything because they are not wearing any...

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