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Week 6 Story: The Problems of the Rabbit

Author's Note: This story was written in the similar style and parts inspired by "The Foolish, Timid Rabbit" in Jakata Tales by E. C. Babbitt. I've reorganized the story to fit another moralistic notion that was told in a story heard by Dan Western, called "The Wise Man."

Once upon a time, there was a happy Rabbit, living under a log in the forest.

The Rabbit spends his days scurrying around the forest, looking at rocks, flowers, the skies. The Rabbit was ever so enjoying his life. Wherever he went, his smile and ecstatic attitude spread to whoever he talks to!

His neighbors, the fox, the squirrels, never quite knew why the Rabbit was so happy all the time. But they can't help but to be happy whenever he comes along.

The Rabbit has a special place inside his log where he kept his supply of food. He wasn't a hoarder, but it was his happy supply, and he was willing to share with those who needed it.

One day, after a tiring day of frolicking through th…

Week 13 Story: Separation is Weakness

Hi, my name is Rob, and I hunt quails. I come from a small village where I was very poor. Day in, day out, I survive the day and make the living by trapping and these quails so I can either eat them or sell them for a little bit of money. I have a special talent of catching these quails, as you can see. I've spent a long part of my life training and perfecting the quail calls that would attract these birds. So, as the quails come, I would hide in the bush; and when there were enough of them close together in one place, I would throw my net out and catch them all.

One day, however, the strangest thing happened. As I threw the net out and waited for the other birds to fly away, the whole net rose up and flew off to the distance! It was the most bizarre thing I have ever seen! Unfortunately, I came home that night without the quails to eat, and also having lost my net. I went the next day to try again, and again, the net alongside the birds flew off!

I figured that it wasn't by m…

Reading Notes: The Giant Crab, and Other Tales from Old India; Part B

All readings derived from The Giant Crab, and Other Tales from Old India by W. H. D. Rouse

Union is Strength

Very clever lesson that was incorporated in the story. Here, the trapper knows that, even though his tactics were not working on the clever quails, eventually they would begin to quarrel with each other and get trappedThis is a common tale regarding the faults of human nature, even when they are in a good position, eventually conflicts do arise and it can lead to the down fall of the whole group!The dialogue was very fanciful and exaggerated speechFor example "A lie, is it? Hoity, toity, how high and mighty we are, to be sure! I suppose it is you life up the net, all by yourself, when the man throws it over us!"This is something that is uncommon in today's conversation but is very prominent in stories such as this.This story does not start nor end with any stereotypical introductions or conclusions (if you consider "there once ... " as stereotypicalOverall…

Reading Notes: The Giant Crab, and Other Tales from Old India; Part A

All readings derived from The Giant Crab and Other Tales of Old India, by W. H. D. Rouse

The Crocodile and the Monkey

Story is told from 2nd person point of view, with references to the narrator talking to the readers directly with uses of "you."Vivid description of the crocodile, including the size of the animal, the hardness and color of its scales, the length of the jaw, the sharpness of its teeth, and how to refer them to things in real life such as a bed.Animals' names are usually just the name of the animal itself. In this example, the case of the wife and husband crocodiles were with prefixes such as "Mr." and "Mrs."This story was another author's recreation of the "Monkey's Heart" as I've read in previous Jataka tales.However, in this one, there was more emphasis on the point of view and background of the crocodiles and the dialogue between them The Wise Parrot and the Foolish Parrot Starts off with the stereotypical introd…

Week 12 Story: Kindness of The King

There once lived a King in a beautiful palace. The king was known for his extraordinary kindness throughout the kingdom and spanned even across the nation themselves. However, with all his kindness, he couldn't stop misfortunes from his kingdom. Dark times hit them drastically. Fruits were not blooming, crops were failing, and his subjects became unhappy. He needed to find a way to support his people with food, but he didn't know where to look.
One day, one of the fisherman noticed a large fruit, a mango, drifting down the great Ganges river. And, being hungry as the fisherman was, he took a big bite out of the mango. It was the sweetest and juiciest mango he had ever eaten! He knew the kingdom was in dark times, so he took the other half of the mango to the king.
"Wow! This is the best mango I have ever eaten! Tell me, dear fisherman, where did you find such a divine fruit?" The King asked. "It was drifting down the Ganges, the spot where I was fishing at this …

Reading Notes: Twenty Jataka Tales; Part B

All stories retrieved from Twenty Jataka Tales by N. Inayat

The Two Pigs

Usage of onomatopoeia as the introductory sentence to create curiosity within the readers. This can be a great way to get the readers' attention by using simple sound-like descriptions, such as "tick-a-tack" in this storyAlso included traditional fairy tale-like ending "... lived happily ever after" to create sense of comfortability and sense of happy ending in a story meant to be read to childrenAgain, inclusion of something mystical that influenced the behavior and thought processes of humans and their faults, which in this case is the power of love to conquer allAlso included the instance of royalty, such as a kingWhat is the effect of inclusion of a king and why is it effective?What feelings does this inclusion create?How does it essential to the plot of the story?Ways to rewrite thisFrom the perspective of the drunken menFrom the perspective of the kingTold from story where one of the …

Reading Notes: Twenty Jataka Tales; Part A

All readings were retrieved from Twenty Jataka Tales, by N. Inayat

The Monkey Bridge

I've noticed that most of these Jatakas originating from India bear many significant geographical locations. Such as for this story, it doesn't mention some river, but does mention the Ganges, which is a culturally important river in India. Another indication is the Himalayas.Diction is simple and easy to understand, no usage of complex wordsSenses, such as taste and smell are heavily emphasized and inclusion of exclamation points to start the emphasis of feelingAgain, inclusion of some form of leader and/or royalty, which in this case, King of the monkeys.The actions and sacrifices of the monkey King was significant in its effect on how he treated his kingdom after he had found the Monkey King, which in way teaches a lesson for both the readers and the character in the story. The Guilty Dogs Just like the story above, there included the aspect of royalty such as the king of the city and the chi…

Reading Notes: More Jataka Tales; Part B

All readings were retrieved from More Jataka Tales, by E. C. Babbitt

The Foolhardy Wolf

Here, the dialogue of the characters in the story developed in a format that is each line is its own separate dialogue, makes it easier for the readers to read and follow along the conversation of the storyThe theme of the story talks about the reckless and arrogant nature of the wolf, which is another reference of human fallacyStory depicts the wolf first as humble and well-doing, and from there is where the story changes accordingly to the growing arrogance and greedy nature of the wolf, which saw its end.Images in the story is also separated within the context of the story, which allows for the readers to gauge in captivation of the reader's attention (Elephant Kills the Wolf. Source: Gateway Classics)