Group work on Rebbe Nachman's "The Turkey Prince"
Break up into small groups. Then discuss the following. Delegate one or more
members of your group to prepare a summary of your group's discussion. If
you were not present in class for this exercise, you may complete it (in less
than 2 pages)
as a typed assignment. A copy of the tale can be found online at http://www.breslov.org/rebbe-nachmans-story-the-turkey-prince/.
are the heroes or great-souled people in Rebbe Nachman's "The Turkey
Prince"? What makes them heroic or great-souled?
any members of your group think anyone in the story was lacking in
heroism or greatness of soul? Why or why not?
is a parable? What is this parable about? If we suppose that
characters in the story represent people in our world, which characters
represent which people ?
- Why do
you think Rebbe Nachman told this story?
question: Can anyone in your group relate
this tale to the bodhisattva ideal? How?
Michael Kagan, COR 400G
Heroism and the Human Spirit
Le Moyne College, December, 1998
Updated November 16, 2009, March 14, 2016. Minor edits, May 15, 2017.
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