Oleh: evinovi | Oktober 8, 2009

Synopsis Writing

A synopsis: is a summary or outline of a book in a narrative form. It explains a series of motivations, actions, and reactions that build to the crisis then a satisfactory, believable resolution.

Setting: tells where and when the story takes place.

Characters: tells the persons who become parts and roles in the story. Anyone who is important for built up of the story should be listed here.

A synopsis is written in the present tense and it’s written in third person. A synopsis should give a clear idea as to what the book/ story is about. You must put the conclusion to your book/story in your synopsis.

Read the tale and study the synopsis. Then write the synopsis yourself.

The emperor’s New Clothes

Many years ago there lived an emperor who loved beautiful new clothes so much. He spent all his money on being finely dressed. He didn’t care about his soldiers anyway. His only interest was in going to the theater or in riding about in his carriage where he could show off his new clothes. He had a different costume for every hour of the day. Indeed, where it was said of other kings that they were at court having a meeting, it could only be said of him that he was in his dressing room changing his clothes!

One day two swindlers came to the emperor’s city.  They said that they were weavers. They claimed they knew how to make the finest clothes imaginable. Not only were the colors and the patterns extraordinary beautiful, but also, the material had the amazing property that it was to be invisible to anyone who has incompetent or stupid.

“It could be wonderful to have clothes from that cloth,” thought the emperor. “Then I would know which of my men are unfit for their positions, and I’d also be able to tell clever people from stupid ones.” So he immediately gave the two swindlers a great of money to wave their cloth to him.  

They set up their looms and pretended to go to work, although there was nothing at all on the looms. They asked for the finest silk and purest gold, all of which they hid away, continuing to work on the empty looms, often late into the night.

“I would really like to know how they are coming with the cloth!” thought the emperor, but it was a bit uneasy when he recalled that anyone who was unfit for his position or stupid would not be able to see the material. Of course, he himself had nothing to fear, but still he decided to send someone else to see how the work was progressing.

“I will send my honest old minister to the weaver,” thought the emperor. He is the best one to see how the material is coming. He is very sensible, and no one is more worthy of his position than he.

So the good old minister went into the hall where the two swindlers sat working at their empty looms. “Goodness!” thought the old minister, opening his eyes wide. “I cannot see a thing!” But did not say so.

The two swindlers invited him to step closer, asking him if it wasn’t a beautiful design and if the colors weren’t magnificent. They pointed to the empty loom, and the poor old minister opened hi eyes wider and wider. He still could see nothing, for nothing was there. “Gracious” he thought. “Is it possible that I am stupid? I have never thought so. Am I unfit for my position? No one must know this. No, it will never do for me to say that I was unable to see the material.”

“You aren’t saying anything!” said one of the weavers.

“Oh, it is magnificent! The very best!” said the old minister, peering through hi glasses. “This pattern and these colors! Yes, I’ll tell the emperor that I am satisfied with it!”

“That makes us happy!” said the two wavers, and they called the colors and unusual pattern by name. The old minister listened closely so that he would be able to say the same things when he reported back to the emperor, and is exactly what he did.

The swindlers now asked for more money, more silk, and more gold, all of which they hid away. Then they continued weave away as before on the empty looms.

The emperor sent other officials as well to observe the weavers’ progress. They too were startled when they saw nothing, and they two reported back to him how wonderful the material was. They advised him to have it made into clothes that he could wear in a grand procession.  The entire city was alive in praise of the cloth. “Magnifique! Nysseligt! Excellent!” they said, in all languages. The emperor awarded the swindlers with medals of Honor, bestowing on each of them the title Lord Weaver.

The swindlers stayed up the entire night before the procession was to take place, burning more than sixteen candles. Everyone could see that they were in a great rush to finish the emperor’s new clothes. They pretended to take the material from the looms. They cut in the air with a large scissors. They sewed with needles but without thread. Finally they announced, “Behold! The clothes are finished!”

The emperor came to them with his most distinguished cavaliers. The two swindlers raised their arms as though they were holding something and said,” Just look at these trousers! Here is the jacket! This is the cloak!” and so forth. They are as light as spider webs! You might think that you didn’t have a thing on, but that is the good thing about them.”

“Yes,” said the cavaliers, but they couldn’t see a thing, for nothing was there.

“Would his imperial majesty, if it pleases his grace, kindly remove his clothes,” said the swindlers. “Then we will fit you with the new ones, here in the large mirror.”

The emperor took all of his clothes, and the swindlers pretended to dress him, piece by piece, with the new clothes that were to be fitted. They took his entire waist and pretended to tie something about him. It was the train. Then the emperor turned and looked into the mirror.

“Goodness, they suit you well! What a wonderful fit!” they all said. ”What a pattern! What colors! Such luxurious clothes!”

“The canopy to be carried above your majesty waits outside,” said the grandmaster of ceremonies.

“Yes, I am ready!” said the emperor. “Don’t they fit well?” He turned once again toward the mirror, because it had to appear as though he were admiring himself in all his glory.

The chamberlains who were to carry the train held their hands just above the floor as if they were picking up the train. As they walked they pretended to hold the train high, for they could not let anyone notice that they could see nothing.

The emperor walked beneath the beautiful canopy in the procession, and the people in the street and in their windows said,” Goodness, the emperor’s new clothes are incomparable! What a beautiful train on his jacket. What a perfect fit!” No one wanted it to be noticed that he could see nothing, for then it would be said that he was unfit for his position or that he was stupid. None of the emperor’s clothes had ever before received such praise.

“But he doesn’t have anything on!” said the small child.

“Good Lord, let us hear the voice of an innocent child!” said the father, and whispered to another what the child had said.

“A small child said that doesn’t have anything on!”

Finally everyone was saying,” He doesn’t have anything on!”

The emperor shuddered, for he knew that they were right, but he thought, “The procession must go on!” He carried himself even more proudly, and the chamberlains walked along behind carrying the train that wasn’t there.




The emperor is a peacock of a man, constantly preening and admiring his new clothes. In spite of the new objections voiced by the Empress and the ministers of state, he would rather parade around his colorful garments than attend to the business of running the country. Just when he thinks he has the finest clothes in the world, a husband and wife swindle team arrives on the scene. They learn of the rule’s weakness for fancy clothes and set about pulling the wool over his eyes. They convince the emperor that they can weave clothe so fine that it is invisible to anyone either badly suited for their job or unforgivably stupid. They trick the Emperor into giving them a tremendous amount of gold so that they can begin the weaving. Anxious about the completion of his exquisite new cloches, the Emperor sends two of his most trusted ministers to check on the weaver’s progress. Since the clothe does not exist, they see nothing, but will not admit it, for fear of being judged incompetent or stupid.

Anticipating the completion of his wonderful new clothes, the Emperor announces a parade through the city, so he can model his marvelous attire. Finally, the” weavers” bring the Emperor his beautiful new clothes. Of course the Emperor cannot see them, but both of his trusted ministers have reported that the new clothe does exist. The only explanation must be that he is dim-witted or not fit to be the Emperor! To maintain his reputation, he, also, pretend to see the nonexistent clothing. The only person who does not fall for the swindlers’ trickery is a boy who is in the audience. The boy is convincing the Emperor of his folly. In the end, the Emperor is humbled and marches through the street wearing only his foolishness.


The Emperor

The Emperor is a person who likes to dress so much. He doesn’t care about his soldiers but his clothes. It can be seen that he has different costumes for every hour of the day. The emperor is a foolish man. It can be seen that he can be cheated by the swindlers. He is arrogant, too. He doesn’t want to admit his weakness. This can be seen at the end of the story that is although he has known that he has nothing on his body, he still continues the parade. The emperor is good pretender, too.

The two swindlers

The swindlers are cunning persons. They cheat the emperor and the high rank officers for their own benefit. However, the swindlers are clever persons. It can be seen that thy can cheat the Emperor and the high rank officers and make them believe in what they say.

The old minister

The old minister is a man who is afraid of loosing his position. Therefore, although he knows the truth, he denies it to keep his position. He also a proud man who doesn’t want to admit his weakness. He is a good pretender, too.

The Chamberlains

The chamberlains are good pretenders.

The people

The people are pretenders, too. They also unwilling to admit their weakness.

A small child

He is a natural innocent child. He tells the truth as it is.


Kick off: Two swindlers pretend to be weavers.

Climax   : A child says that the emperor has nothing on his body.


Setting of place: The story takes place in an empire.

Setting of time: The story takes place many years ago.


A lie will always disadvantage us.

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