The Emperor’s New Clothes Summary

The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a classic fable by Hans Christian Andersen, which tells the story of an emperor who falls victim to the vanity and deception of two cunning weavers. In this engaging tale, the weavers promise to create the finest garments, invisible to those who are unfit for their positions or simply incompetent. Read More Class 8 English Summaries.

The Emperor’s New Clothes Summary

The Emperor’s New Clothes Summary in English

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Once upon a time, there lived a proud and foolish emperor who was very fond of wearing new clothes. He spent most of the time trying out new clothes. So he had very little time to attend the affairs of the kingdom.

One day the emperor was in an angry mood because he was not satisfied with the dresses which were brought by his Chief Adviser. He asked his Chief Adviser to banish all the worthless tailors of the country. He wanted new clothes and a tailor who can make him a different set of clothes every day. The chief adviser informed that two weavers were waiting to see the emperor and they were magic tailors also. He ordered to bring them. The two weavers came and explained their wonderful clothes. To prepare the wonderful dress, they need the finest silk, purest gold thread, and several jewels.

Emperor agreed to provide all they need. The weavers sew their magic dress which was not only beautiful to look, but also make the emperor to Judge his people. Because only wise, clever, and fit for their jobs will see and those who are foolish, unfit for their work will not see the dress. The emperor considered that he will be able to find out who is fit to manage the affairs of his kingdom and who is not.The weavers were provided with a large quantity of silk, the purest gold thread, and several jewels to decorate the dress.

Next day evening the chief Adviser came to see the weavers. Weavers were pretending to weave. They seem, to be working hard but he couldn’t seem, the clothes on the looms. The weavers described the color, pattern, design of the cloth. They exaggerated the beauty of the dress.The chief adviser positively responded to the weavers because if he said that he can’t see the clothes means he is a fool and not fit for his post. So he decided to send his Special Assistant to see what really happens.

Then the Special Assistant suspected the weavers. He was surprised that nothing was to be there on looms. The weavers as usual praised the clothes as they did to the Chief Adviser. The Special Assistant also thought of as the Chief Adviser. The weavers told that dress would be ready by the next morning. On the day of the procession, the emperor came with his Chief Adviser, the Special Assistant, and other courtiers to the Hall. The weavers took him to the dressing room. All the people outside heard the low voices of weavers and emperor. The Chief Adviser requested to the emperor that if he shows himself on the balcony before the procession, the people will feel happy. The emperor agreed to come.

After dressing the emperor walking through the hall towards the balcony. The courtiers show great surprise to see the emperor having little clothes. But no one says anything. When the emperor reaches balcony, cheers stop all of a sudden and there is pin-drop silence. Then the little child crying out with laughter, look, Daddy, the emperor has no clothes at all. Has the king become very poor? Doesn’t he have money to buy clothes”?


In the end, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” provides a timeless lesson about the perils of vanity and the danger of living in a world driven by appearances. Through the emperor’s humiliating revelation and the townspeople’s reluctance to admit the truth, the story serves as a reminder of the importance of honesty, humility, and the willingness to see beyond the facade to recognize the reality within.

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