A Lesson to Remember

1600-1605“Genghis Khan and His Hawk” is a moral story retold by Lori Verstegen about Genghis Khan, the foremost ruler of his time, who learns to not act hastily. The story is set in Mongolia in the 1200s and tells about Genghis Khan and his Hawk. They are hunting game. In the story, the reader is launched on a roller coaster of curiosity that lands with a forceful lesson.

For this story, Genghis Khan and his hawk are the dominant characters. Khan almost never looks before leaping, and his hawk always keeps an eye out for his master. Conflict arises when Khan starts to feel fatigued and parched but is stymied by his hawk, who refuses to let him take a drink. Stunned and bewildered, he indignantly kills his hawk. But not before his cup flies out of reach. Unexpectedly, the crisis materializes when he climbs up to his cup and discovers a dead viper oozing venom into the water his hawk kept him from drinking. Contrite, Khan becomes melancholy. The theme for this story is disclosed by Khan, who says “I have killed my best friend. What a rash fool I was not to have trusted him…”

“Genghis Khan and his Hawk” is a story that certainly makes a reader think. At first it seems like it’s going to be a boring every day story about two friends. But fate has other plans. The story throws the reader for a loop when Khan’s tenacious hawk dives at him over and over to keep him from the water he needs. Then the story comes to an abrupt halt when Khan kills his friend, who is only trying to save his life. Clearly, this memorable story is the opposite of boring. Readers are taught how important it is to not be smug, but trust their friends, because their friends could be right. This is a lesson to remember.

Posted by : ADAM JONES

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