What does “The Origin of the Robin” suggest about Ojibwa views of the parent-child relationship?

A. It suggests that children were encouraged to disagree with parents if necessary.
B. It suggests that parents’ words were held in very high regard.
C. It suggests that parents were encouraged to allow their children liberty.
D. It suggests that parents preferred that their children be independent.

Answer:

The correct answer is C. It suggests that parents were encouraged to allow their children liberty.

“The Origin of the Robin” is a traditional Ojibwa (also known as Chippewa) story that explains the red breast of the robin bird. In the story, a young Ojibwa boy disobeys his father’s warning and goes swimming after being told not to. As a result, he drowns and is transformed into a robin with a red breast due to the blood from the wounds caused by the father’s discipline.

This story suggests that Ojibwa views of the parent-child relationship involved giving children the freedom to make their own decisions and experience the consequences of their actions. While the father in the story gave a warning, he did not physically stop the boy from going swimming, and when the boy disregarded the warning, he faced the consequences. This indicates a belief in allowing children to learn through their own experiences and learn from their mistakes, rather than strict control or coercion.

Therefore, option C is the correct answer: “The Origin of the Robin” suggests that parents were encouraged to allow their children liberty, giving them the space to make their own choices and learn from the outcomes.

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