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Speak, Bird, Speak AgainPalestinian Arab Folktales$
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Ibrahim Muhawi and Sharif Kanaana

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780520062924

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520062924.001.0001

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Siblings

Siblings

Chapter:
(p.84) Siblings
Source:
Speak, Bird, Speak Again
Author(s):

Ibrahim Muhawi

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520062924.003.0004

This chapter presents a Palestinian folktale that focuses on the relationship between father and son, and illustrates the son's struggle to achieve independence by challenging the authority of the father. The father is depicted as being a deceitful tyrant who resents the son's courage and independence, and attempts to compete with him sexually. By overcoming the father, the son succeeds in demonstrating his maturity and achieving independence.

Keywords:   Palestinian folktale, father, son, independence, parental authority

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