“Wise Old Woman”
By Yoshiko Uchida
* Young lord (of village)
* Young villager
* Lord Higa
* Wise Old Men
* The setting is In the Mountain and in the Village in the western hill of Japan Conflict:
Elders being exiled to the mountains to die at the age of 71 *
Mother of young villager needs to make a decision about his mother *
Lord Higa threatens the village
* Many long years ago, there was a cruel ruler who thought old peoples should be banished and should not be lived. So he make a low that is anyone who is over seventy-one must be banished from the village and left in the mountain. The ruler was strict and gives harsh punishment anyone who disobeys him so no one disobeyed him. Except for one. The young man didn't let his mother die in the mountain. He kept his mom secretly. But unfortunately, another ruler went to their village to conquer. Another ruler was also cruel so before he conquers them, he gave villagers three hard tasks. So the villagers thought each other to find the answer but they couldn't. Finally, the young farmer asked to his old mother. Every time he asks, his mother gave him a right answer. So because of the young farmer's old and wise mother, the villagers could be existed and not be conquered from others. In the end, the evil ruler of the village realizes the need for older people and noticed older people are wise and have more experiments then any others. Finally, he deleted his law! Plot:
* The Wise Old Woman many years ago the was an arrogant and a cruel young lord who ruled over a small village in the western hills of japan , who thought that the old people are neither useful nor able to work for living so he ordered the villager that the one who's parents turn over the 71 years they have to take them to the mountains to be banished and die and he said too that who will not do the rule will be arrested and go to the mountains too and there was a young farmer who used to send his mother to the mountains and he was very sad and when he found that she still thinking about him he took her back and didn’t send her to the mountains and he had hidden her in a room in the kitchen for 2 years and no one knows that she is alive and then someone called Lord Higa send the ruler of the village that says that if he didn’t solve the threats he sent lord higa will conquer the village and make it his own , so the first threat was and the ruler said that it’s an impossible thing so he asked his wise men and they said that its impossible too then he offered the villager some gold for the one who will solve the threat and the young farmer asked his mother and she answered him so he ran to the ruler and told him the answer , then the lord Higa sent him another terrible threat and it was so the ruler, wise men and villagers couldn’t answer the threat again and said that its impossible but the young farmer went to his mother again and asked her and she answered him so ran to the ruler and told him the answer again and took some gold , then after a few days the Lord Higa sent his last threat that was and happened what happened in the threats before and the young farmer went to his mother as usual but she said that it’s the easiest one and she answer him and he ran to the ruler and told him the answer but the ruler asked the farmer a question and he wanted him to be honest and the question was the farmer didn’t lie and told him about everything but the ruler instead of being angry he laughed and he have changed his rule and his opinion too about old people and he believed that they are wise.
* A dramatic Japanese folktale that tells the story of a cruel overlord and a young farmer's elderly mother. The overlord threatens to destroy the farmer's village unless the young lord can perform three seemingly impossible tasks. How the elderly mother accomplishes the tasks and saves the village is a satisfying...
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