The Quest for the Spouse

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:
The Quest for the Spouse

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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 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

Chapter.  10617 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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