Ibrahim Muhawi

in Speak, Bird, Speak Again

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1989 | ISBN: 9780520062924
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520908734 | DOI:

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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

Chapter.  13482 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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