Husbands and Wives

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:
Husbands and Wives

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This chapter presents a Palestinian folktale focusing on relationships among siblings. Here, the brother and sister are put into situations that serve to increase their affection. Following the death of their mother, they become progressively more isolated and come to rely on each other more and more; indeed, their very survival depends on their mutual love and cooperation. To demonstrate the importance of this connection, the tale juxtaposes two relationships: sister/brother and wife/husband. Although the brother cannot be as a husband to his sister, equally important, a husband can never be as a brother to his wife. It is therefore as essential that the sister have her brother by her side as that she have a husband.

Keywords: Palestinian folktale; brother; sister; husband

Chapter.  10463 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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