The Opening dynamic resembles the ‘Edenic’ in so far as a prohibition is transgressed…
‘Do not eat from that tree, for you shall surely die.’
‘Do not cross the lodge, for you shall leave a stench.’
…And there is also a spacial parallel in that Skunk moves from a state of relative equilibrium to a state of outright hierarchy, although it could, perhaps, be argued that a state of equilibrium in which prohibitions are issued is no state of equilibrium at all.
At any rate, Skunk moves from a safe and protected ‘inner’ state to a dangerous and unprotected ‘outer’ state of being, as a result of his actions, as do Adam and Eve as a result of theirs.
There are, though, some important, differences.
Were we to read Skunk’s tale literally, no one could blame the Plover and Frog sisters for Skunk’s ‘fall’ and no…
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