Reading Notes: Santal, Part B

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In this section, I found a lot of useful dialogue help. In many stories, the use of dialogue brings the story to life. It makes it that much more interesting, as well as that much more of a connection when reading. I also found ways to not include dialogue, but get the thoughts and feels across anyway. The Elephant and the Ants had to be one of my favorites. The moral of the story was that the Creator knows why he made both small and large animals, as well as why he made some people fools. No one should be treated unfairly or looked at nastily based on their size. Great moral! This gives me the idea to re create this story in a way based on the thoughts of the elephant. It’s funny that he keeps running, looking down seeing ants, and keeps running thinking he has to keep up or he’ll lose. Because there are so many ants in the world they taught a very valuable lesson. From his point of view, the story would have dialogue of him having no idea that those two ants aren’t the same. He’s competing for something so silly, and doesn’t even know he’s a fool for thinking so self centered.

The Jackal and the Hare sounds like a short story of revenge in a way. The Jackal’s character really made me mad as he always screwed others over to get what he wanted. He went to great deals of trouble to basically sabotage people. At first the Hare really made me annoyed as well, but towards the end I was kinda like show the Jackal what you’re made of. The ending moral was along the lines of payback occurs, and screw others over, get screwed over. I loved the ending when the hare broke the jackal’s drum and ran away, as if to say “HAHA!” Overall, I thought this story was really good. If I were to change this story it would tie in with this, but also include parts of ideas from the Little Red Riding Hood. That would be a cool combination, and I’d probably leave the jackal and the Hare with the same characterization.



Folklore of the Santal Parganas, by Cecil Henry Bompas. An online version of this can be accessed here.

Image 1: Beautiful African Elephant. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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