Litrl201 Joseph


The Jataka Tales lack the level of seriousness  contained by the Qur’an and the Gita. The Jataka Tales took on a more  elementary form compared to the other two works, but it is not to say  the tales bore child-like writing trends. In fact, like many literary  works of art,  the Jataka Tales consisted of many small lessons, similar  to ones we were taught as children. For example, in one tale we run  into a character by the name of Girly-Face who teaches us not to believe  everything we hear. The lessons learned in each tale hold value. They  have practical uses that have the tendency to lead one to a virtuous  lifestyle. It read as a more upfront version of being taught about the  consequences of our decisions. It didn’t require any figurative  translating or deciphering to obtain meaning. The Qur’an and Gita,  however, were a bit more obscure. Unlike the Jataka Tales, the Qur’an  and Gita required careful scanning of each line. Each had their own  level of acting as a guide to a richer life.

The Gita’s repetitiveness made it seem too ongoing, and its context  was not transparently clear to begin with. It was difficult to read, and  for that reason, I thought it was the least effective writing style. I  think the most effective style was that of the Qur’an. The Qur’an’s text  was clear on cause and effect, similar to the Jataka Tales, but  includes the spiritual effect. It may be a bias decision, but as a man  of faith, I’d like to believe that the word of a higher power has more  of an effect on me than, a few stories I entertained my kids with.

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