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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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The Quest for the Spouse

The Quest for the Spouse

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(p.148) The Quest for the Spouse
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Speak, Bird, Speak Again
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Ibrahim Muhawi

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520062924.003.0006

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 son proves himself worthy of inheriting his father's kingdom by meeting his uncle's challenge. Here, the co-wives also compete, wishing their respective children to inherit the throne. In particular, it is the rejected co-wife who urges her son to challenge the father and who provides him with the means to achieve success, thereby vindicating her position in the family.

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

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