Animal and gender relations
Animal and gender relations
In the tale of the ox and the donkey, the author expounds the donkey’s miscalculations and how the donkey ends up a victim of its own miscalculations. He depicts the donkey a s a subject that can’t keep his nose out of others business. Here, the writer compares the idleness of the donkey with the house wife status of a woman. The ox resembles a man who works so hard all day long and has to come home tired and with something for the family.
The donkey semblance to a woman is through the gossip and idle nature portrayed by the author. The woman doesn’t like working and spends most of her time making her-self beautiful and presentable. However, she deems herself not usable as a tool of progressive activity and only finds it in order to advise since she feels and idolizes herself as wise and well informed about rights and various important plans and moves.
However, its unfortunate since due to her seclusion, lazy nature and lack of exposure to various challenges, she finds herself a victim of her own miscalculation. She advices the ox to pretend to be ill so as to take the day off but eventually becomes a victim of its own miscalculation. This is typical of women who are divorced for being doormats and due to their mis-performance are divorced by their men or are forced to work to earn a living when their men fall ill or die.
In the tale of the merchant and his wife, the woman is insistence on being informed about the Merchants private issues and even other contemporary issues involving the Merchant. This compares with the nosy nature of the donkey which keeps prying into the ox’s problems. Eventually, based on the merchant’s faculties, her demand to be informed of the activities of the merchant becomes a weighty problem to the Merchant.
The contentious issue is that the Merchant has special abilities which he wants to keep in privy and he is fully aware of the problems which would have huge implications on his activities. This correlates with the problem of the ox which is the favorite to the farmer plans on the farm activities. Once the donkey learns of the ox problems it advises and eventually misadvised both the ox and itself and lend to a problem.
The ox was lucky to resign happily that very day but had to face it with the farmer. The scenario resembles the plans of the merchant’s efforts to seek a way out of the impending problem. He sought and consulted with his faculties and principals on what would be best suited for the impeding problem eventually. He succeeded in his efforts and made it through the problem. H e makes progress in his seeking opinion and saves his life eventually. This is through seeking an idea that best suited his situation. The idea, which he got through consulting and using his faculties led to his saving himself from ruin and death.
Gender as within the context of these stories reflects on ability of equity of decision making and rationale of these decisions. How well they benefit those who make them and how adversely they affect those they revolve around. From the onset the donkey represents the female genera which of course are an essential aspect of the gender. The merchant’s wife presents the nagging prying and inquisitive nature of women and the donkey represents it as well. The demons feminine character depicts the female aspects of desire and ambition as well as optimism of achieving various social statuses by women.
However the basic context of gender in these stories is that honor is essential and cannot be achieved through irrational and hard line stances. Faith and forgiveness relieves and undo the wrongs caused by other parties in any relation. Women should emulate the need to be faithful to their husbands and always seek to establish peace and tranquil in their families and society’s.
Secondly, forgiveness can be achieved without loosing honor. It is basically through using ones principals and faculties to forgive inequities without compromising ones honor.
In each story treachery causes unjust repercussions leading to hurting of individuals. Gender virtues seen in the context of these stories is that women should be caring and nurturing and should empress this principal. Revenge only worsens a previous misdeed leading to a culmination of worse happenings hence its essential people to keep their calm and reason.
In the story of the Merchant and the demon, it is clear the merchant is different from the initial one. He represents a different kind of rationale the writer is seeking to establish. In this story, there is a gender misconstrued principals in which women see to lack identity and civil rights hence seen as subjects widely viewed as punishable for any inequities they commit.
In comparison, the powers contributed to the animals in these tales show the different gender values represented by the women and their male counterparts. Through imagery, the essence of hard work and faithfulness is emphasizes and taught cognitively. Looking at the tale of the one thousand and one nights, the essence of faithfulness in the women gender is made to be more socially understood. This is seen in the context of the story where Shahryar awakes to find Scheherazade telling her three children that at the end of a thousand and one nights of storytelling, her husband released her from the threat of execution and professed his love for her. The purpose is to create a hypothetical scenario where one questions if Queen Scheherazade faithfully recounting the story of her life or was the whole tale of the thousand and one nights just a story itself, made up by Scheherazade to tell her children. This draws out the picture of faithfulness as essential and a principal all classes of women should embrace.
Contrasting animals powers and ranks as portrayed in these tales with human duties and services to the society, the gender context arises and becomes obvious that the society needs to nature people with a sense of responsibility and who espouse the spirit of honesty and diligence rather than being intrusive and misleading to others. Animals represent the power of reason and unity in progressing as a society.
Looking at the scenario wherein every day, King Shahryar’s first wife goes bathing with her handmaids. While out there in these occasions, the Queen has a relationship a slave. When this is reported by Shah Zaman, Shahryar’s brother, the lovers are executed. The betrayal by his wife makes Shahryar go mad and believe that all women are liars and unfaithful.
Various moral contexts arise. Forgiveness, wisdom, unity rationale and being hardworking are the various powers the animals have and are being used as examples which the humans should empress as lead social values. The ox represents this while the demon represents wisdom and generosity. These contexts are integral in human life and should become principals.
Looking at the story of a thousand and one nights, the faithfulness, hardworking, obedient, and loyal and forgiveness rationales and powers conferred to animals become essential gender perspectives. Using these powers we learn that the donkey is not loyal and faithful while the ox is hard working and obedient. Gender values are usually based on these principals. Good wives often have the traits of obedience and loyalty as well as hardworking and always advising properly.
The demons misadvised and the donkey misadvised also. This nature of being cunning and irrelevant to others should change to being productive and responsible. Even though these are powers possessed by these animals and are reflecting characters and behavior in humans, the story of the one thousand and one nights makes these powers represent morals and values seen and common in the gender context.
Women are unfaithful and always gossiping. This is seen in the secretive way the donkey approaches the ox and advices the ox on being unfaithful to its master, unfortunately the donkey falls victim of its own craftiness. Women should be faithful so should men. The tale of the one thousand and one nights tells of how adultery is heinous. The queen’s adultery led to her own death as seen in the donkey’s gimmick.
Stupidity, lack of wisdom and disobedience is seen in the context of the ox and the foolish merchant. The ox defies the master and is given a rest. This is disobedience. The donkey’s advice and ill intention were embraced by the ox which draws out stupidity and being vagrant. The same is seen in the foolish merchant who believes what the demon tells him. He pours down all the water and he is left without any.
In contrast, the tale of a thousand nights proves that gender is made functional through values. The role of men and their way of conducting themselves should be through hard work and being wise. The belief that the queen manifested in the king led to the death of many young virgins since the king believed all women were unfaithful. The contrast of this scenario with arising social discontent to infidelity, lack of being hard working poverty and jealousy amongst the members of the society is within the death of the queen and the subsequent death of virgins. This is an ongoing gender inequality problem whereby men abuse women and become infidels due to societal beliefs.
Forgiveness, wisdom and listening and making rational decisions leads to prosperity and a unified society, family and friendship; the donkey represents the people who are credited with meddling and collapsing social unity and loyalty to institutions. The donkey’s day in the farm shows women can play equal roles as men and can work same as men and perform and deliver. This is the gender context derived from these tales.