The little golden bird

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The little golden bird
i. Summary:
Once upon a time several Buddhist monks lived in a great temple; they spent their lives contentedly in prayer and meditation, and the beauty of theirsurroundings was all they needed to make them forget the world.
Then one day a young monk had arrived upsetting their lives by telling them all about the outside world. He told them about cities, thebright lights, everyday life full of entertainment and pleasure. When the monks heard about this different world, they no longer wanted to remain in what, till then, seemed paradise.
With young monkas their leader, first one group then another left the temple. Then the last five monks wish to see the new world, sadly got ready to leave. But just as they were about to turn their backs on thetemple, a golden bird dangling five long white strings, fluttered over their heads. Each monk felt drawn to clasp one of the strings, and suddenly the little group found itself carried away to the landof their dreams. Here they saw the outside world, full of hate, misery and violence.
When the golden bird brought them back to the temple, they decided never leave it again. The monks knew thenthat Buddha had come to help them find true happiness.

ii. Events of the plot:

← Introduction: “Once upon a time…”; “(…) the beauty of their surroundings (…) forget the world.”← Rising actions: “Then one day (…) a young monk had arrived (…) telling them about the outside world…”
← Climax: “But just as they were about to turn their backs to the temple, a goldenbird, dangling five long white strings, fluttered over their heads (…) carried away to the land of their dreams.”
← Falling actions: “…they saw the outside world as it really was…”
←Denouement: “… the monks knew then that Buddha had come to help them find true happiness.”

iii. Conflict:

iv. Characters:
← Protagonists: Buddhist Monks, the golden bird....
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