Beginning with Not My best Side, we can see that it is divided into three separate stanzas, one for the dragon, the princess and the prince. The poet challenges orthodox images of the characters in the legend Of St George and the dragon only to replace them with another equally stereotypical set, but these new stereotypes have a modern twist.
The typical image of a dragon is that of being intimidating, fearful, and generally evil. This is challenged by the poet who chooses to make that character of the dragon fairly well-spoken, as he uses words such as ‘ostentatiously’. The new stereotype created by Fanthorpe is that of a chatty, critical, pompous actor rather than that of a vicious, evil monster. We can see this by the fact that he complains about the artist not having gotten his ‘best side’ for the painting, or ‘didn’t give me a chance to pose properly’ and finally ‘I was sorry for the bad publicity’, this shows that he knows that he is well known, and does mind what others may think of him. He is also very judgmental of his partners (i.e. the princess and the prince) referring to them as ‘ostentatiously beardless’ ...
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... is handsome and brave. He is supposed to rescue the princess because she is his true love. However…. In this portrayal of George, he is shown as being a modern, technologically-minded, boastful, self obsessed man. We are shown this in the first two lines of his stanza which say ‘I have diplomas in Dragon Management and Virgin Reclamation.’ This shows us the stereotypical attitude of a modern young man. He is very proud of the painting as it shows his ‘latest model’ and hi-tech equipment. He sees himself as a hero, considers himself brave and the rescuer of the damsel. His character does not create a voice of the hero of St. George, but an offensive abrupt and impolite voice. All three characters are the opposite of what one would expect from a fairytale such as that of the princess and the dragon, they are instead the typical stereotypes of a modern society.
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