Reading Notes: Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends, Part A

The Giant of the Flood Picture: Found in the reading here

The Giant of the Flood begins with Father Noah inspecting the Ark and contemplating how he could find a unicorn for the Ark. I find it rather sad that he sunk the idea of Og (the giant) bringing him a unicorn at first, called him names, and belittled him. After Og brought him his supposed to be small unicorn (bigger than expected) anyways, Noah was perplexed. Noah is depicted as such a jerk character basically, and shunned Og until he got what he wanted from Og. If a man drinks too much of juice from wine, becoming a beast, and continues to drink becoming foolish like a monkey, what if the reverse happened? What if you could take a crazy man and fill him with juice of the wine. Would the effect on him be reversed so that he becomes strong as a beast? Also, the idea of having Pegasus as the strong lead character in some type of story teaching all the Unicorns how to conquer to world struck my mind. Pegasus is such a cool character, so it has to be mentioned in my story somewhere. The Beggar King shows a hierarchy of power in a sense. Hagag undergoes heartache but in the end realizes that he learned what it’s like to be humiliated, and realized that he didn’t belong on the throne. The blind beggars needed his service. This could be used as a portrayal with Greek Mythology horses leading the world, starting as a joke, then ruling with their grace.  The change Hagag made from the joke to the leader is awesome, and he turned out to be the most sympathetic leader once he sat on the throne again! The Quarrel of the Cat and Dog is more similar to my writing style than the previous few. I was surprised when the Cat and Dog decided to part ways due to them not getting enough food together.  The agreement made to never cross paths made me immediately wonder what would happen if they did indeed cross paths. The poor dog wasn’t having much luck alone, and begged the wolf to stay. I do not understand fully why when they met again the cat had such hate and remorse for the dog being there. I guess it was more of a stature that he broke his word. But it still confuses me why they didn’t want to cross paths, as nothing bad happened between them. I think this story would be a really great base for a contrast between why cat and mice do not get along, as the cat eats mice. Maybe a story could involve a great friendship between cat and mice until broken word, which then breaking of word (in different scenario) would cause the cat to prey on mice. The Water-Babe contained many characters, such as Princess Bathia that I have heard of before. From Shepherd-Boy to King was an exhilarating passage! The poor little shepherd boy began his journey in life alone. This ties the unicorn back into the picture, as he clung to the horn of it. This concludes just how large the unicorn in these stories really are. Larger than mountains. I love how the deer is linked to having lightning speed, and saves him from the big, bad lion that way.  I love the way that all of these stories are inspired by the Bible, and all take different turns and leads.





Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends by Gertrude Landa: link to the reading online

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