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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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Children and Parents

Children and Parents

(p.55) Children and Parents
Speak, Bird, Speak Again

Ibrahim Muhawi

University of California Press

This chapter presents a Palestinian folktale that focuses on the relationship between mother and son, specifically sexual jealousy, a taboo subject in the family circle. The conflict arises from the son's need to switch roles—he must cease to be his mother's son and establish himself as his wife's husband and the head of his family. In the situation of the patrilocal extended family, when a son marries, both mother and daughter-in-law have difficulties. The mother's possessiveness in the tale, her need to keep her son under her control, drives her to throw the wife out of the house so that she can be both mother and wife to her own son.

Keywords:   Palestinian folktale, mother, son, daughter-in-law, husband

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