As discussed in the previous reading, I’ll incorporate the Proverbs into the story at the beginning if I find one that would highlight the moral of the story. The story that I like the most and I am most excited to create a new one from is “The Man with Five Friends with Different Colored Eyes.” The Proverb for this story was as follows:
“A man who can succeed is always sent; if there is nothing to be done, it doesn’t matter who goes.” Tibetan Proverb.
It grabbed my attention from the beginning talking about the man who had a son, but didn’t have much to leave his son, it was a heart grabber. The two things that the old man wanted his son to know before he died:
- When he’s marries to never trust his wife with his secret until he has 10 children
- Choose his friends by their eyes
When first reading this, I thought those were very strange things, but I understood as I went on in the reading. He said to basically stay away a friend with light colored eyes, and see that the inner portion of the eye is red. He also said to see that the white is pure white without brown or yellow tent, and black was pure black.
When the old man died, the man got married and made many friends. His friends had blue, yellow, brown, and black only one of which met the old mans standards.
He also gave up on keeping secrets from his wife after they had their first kid. He told his “trustworthy wife” the 2 things that his father had told him. The man got clever and wanted to test his wife. He bought a hog from a neighbor, killed it, and threw it in a big burlap sack and threw it over his shoulder. He rushed home and told his wife he killed somebody. She helped him rid of the pig in the pond (thinking it was a man) and he pleaded she keep his biggest secret.
When the two got into an argument, the wife got so mad that she turned him into the police for what he did to the “dead man.” The man was then on the “beheading” list and soon to be chained until they could behead him. He ran to tell his friends for help and all five listened. The four took the wife’s side and basically said “well you’ll have to suffer the consequences since you did say you did that, and left.” The last friend was so stunned and urged that he would save the man if possible. The friend that the guy was very good and must have been provoked to kill. He tried to trade with the police by giving him his weight in silver, and the officer agreed. The man was thrilled to get out, and enlightened the officer with the story of what happened. The officer said that he was one of the wisest men, found the pig, and made the man chief. I want to change the story to actually give the “old man,” “the man,” and “the friends” names to make stronger character development and reader interest. Other than that, I think the story line is extremely interesting and I love the ideas here! Maybe I could make the cop have a larger factor in the story? I really just want everyone to have a name for themselves and each their own characterization.
Tibetan Folktales, written by A.L. Shelton and illustrated by Mildred Bryant. This text can be accessed online here.
Image 1: Trust. This image can be accessed here on Flickr.