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The Story of the Dress that Sang

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Aljon Quiambao

on 25 February 2014

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Transcript of The Story of the Dress that Sang

The theme is you reap what you sow
The man who stole from Chameleon was tricked into giving Chameleon back the food that was rightfully his plus more.

The Story of the Dress that Sang
(A West African Tale)

Anansi - a rich man, had a plenty of children to help him with his farming.
Chameleon - a poor man, alone had to till his farm.
The Chief - head of that town.
Vocabulary Words
vex - to annoy
verily - indeed; truly
granary - storehouse
trickster - a dishonest person; a cheater
cleverness - mental skill; quickness
outwit - to get better through cleverness
cloak - a loose outer garments
till - to work by plowing; raising crops on
Tale Vs. Story
Tale - a rumor or report of a personal sensational nature
Story - a brief account of something interesting that happened especially to one personally
The story is about a man named Chameleon who got his farm stolen from another man who jealous of him. This man Anansi was so clever in how he look his farm but Chameleon was smarter in how he got it back. Anansi was very deceiving and did not care that he was stealing from a man that was already poor. Even though Anansi was stealing from Chameleon, he never stepped out his character but he did get his revenge without using violence but instead he outsmarted Anansi.
Before Reading
What is a trickster tale?
What are the values of trickster?
Do they teach children a lesson about life?

The following trickster tale tells of Anansi, a prominent figure of Ashati people of West Africa.

Anansi the trickster is one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore.

Literary Elements
The story is told from a third person point of view.
The narrator is telling what Anansi is doing as well as the Chameleon.

The setting of the story is a small town in Ancient Egypt.
The Type of conflict is person vs. person Anansi vs. Chameleon.

“Now it happens that chameleons do not make roads as others do. They like to walk over the grass and the bushes. Thus there was no path leading from the chameleon’s house to his farm. So that night Anansi called his children together and told them to clean and make a good path to the chameleon’s farm. At the first they begged their father not to do this, but as he insisted they obeyed him, and in the morning there was a finished clean road and a well-used one leading from Anansi’s house to the farm.”
Why I used the Excerpt
This is how Anansi made people believe that the farm land belonged to him. The Chameleon had no way to prove that the land was his because he never had a road to his land.
The purpose of this story is to inform.
The myth is explaining that stealing is not okay and that karma will always comeback on you.
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