makato and the cowrie shell - short story from thailand
makato and the cowrie shell
once upon a time there was a boy named makato. he was an orphan, and had no friends or family to take care of him. because he had to make his own living he did all kinds of odd jobs: chopping wood, feeding pigs, clearing and cleaning. he didn't mind to work hard, and despite his small wages he was satisfied with his life.
he was only 4 when his mother passed away, but he remembered some stories she had told about the kind-hearted king of sukhotai. ever since he was small he wanted to meet this king. one day, when helping a friend to find food for elephants, he found so many branches that the friend offered him a job to become the assistant of the king's mahout. he worked hard cleaning elephants sheds and finding food. one fine morning makato's patience and hard work got rewarded: he was to accompany the king's elephant an a parade. as the king mounted the beast, in his splendid, shiny costume, he dropped a tiny cowrie shell. makato picked it up and held it out to the king. who told him to keep it.
at the time the people of sukhotai used cowrie shells as money, and although one little cowrie had little value, he wanted to use it wisely. he went to the market to buy seeds, yet quickly realized he could not even buy the smallest bag of seeds, while he noticed a lettuce seed stall.
"lady, if i dip my finger into this pile of seeds, can i take those that stick to my finger for one cowrie? ", he asked. "well why not", replied the sales lady, amused by his suggestion. makato carefully scraped the seeds from his finger and planted them, watering the tiny sprouts daily, until the garden was covered in fresh, green lettuce. proud as he was, he offered to king his first produce.
"where did you get these, my boy? " the king asked surprised, and makato told him the story. he king was impressed by so much intelligence and industry that he offered him a fixed position at the palace.
answer: the answer is b. you must come up with all possible ideas at the pre-writing stage.
the pre-writing stage allows learners to tap prior knowledge about a topic. this may also be called the brainstorming stage or schema building.
it allows learners basis for orgainizing and synthesizing common thoughts later.
1.his greatest strength is playing lyre and his weakness islove
2.charm,he charm the cerberus and the boatman
3.because of his weakness and that is love
4.because he not trusted hade the god of underworld
5.i dont know
6.because gods want to test orpheus
7.because this is all about god
8.because his playing lyre can charm anyone
9.by helping them to become true there wishes
10.yes,because sometimes it myth the old mythological greek stories
11.the strenght can transform into weakness and weakness can be transform to strength
grendel's mother (sometimes called his "dam") is not as huge or as powerful as the son, but she is motivated by revenge. her son has returned to their cave mortally wounded, one of his two arms (or claws) ripped from its shoulder socket and hanging, now, beneath the roof of hrothgar's mead-hall. instead of cowering in grief, the mother seeks revenge.
although the danes have heard that the swamp may harbor two ogres, they seem to believe that the problem is solved when beowulf defeats grendel. on the night after that victory, the scyldings celebrate with a great deal of food and drink. many of the celebrants spend that night in heorot while beowulf sleeps elsewhere. the mother stalks up from her mere, retrieving her son's claw and murderously abducting one of the scyldings from the mead-hall.
when beowulf comes after her, the mother has another advantage. she is in her home territory, which she has ruled for a hundred years. as the geat champion dives deep into the lake, the mother waits and attacks only when he nears the bottom. he is virtually helpless as she drags him to the dry, eerily lighted cave for the kill. once on dry land, however, beowulf is able to mount a counter-attack. although his sword, hrunting, loaned to him by unferth, fails to penetrate the mother's hide, beowulf discovers a giant magic sword in the cave and is able to kill the mother with it. the sword melts to its hilt after beowulf uses it to decapitate the corpse of grendel, which lies nearby. he returns to heorot with a greater trophy, the head of the ogre, as well as the hilt of the magic sword.
some critics feel that grendel's mother receives inadequate consideration in the poem. her motive is as human as it is monstrous as she seeks revenge for her defeated son and reclaims his arm, which from her point of view must seem a barbaric trophy. she has lived in the mere for a hundred years and was never the problem that her son was. nevertheless, this is beowulf's poem; the mother is just another monster in a heroic epic. other writers will have to enhance her tale.