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In Pouliuli a novel written by Albert Wendt Faleasa Osovae awakens to find the life hes been living all along is a mere faade Pouliuli invites readers into the Samoan community of Malaelua which is turned topsy-turvy when Faleasa misleads his aiga and community by acting maniacal Albert Wendt ties a famous Malaelua saga about a mythological hero named Pili to Faleasa Osovaes life In the myth as well as in Faleasas story they both had the same goal which was to live the rest of their life free To accomplish this goal they both had to accomplish three tasks Pilis tasks were to eat a mountain of fish which the giants had caught that day to race the giants down a river and make himself disappear Faleasas tasks were to destroy Filemoni Make Moaula the new leader and remove Sau and Vaelupa as council leader Of course they couldnt have done these tasks alone so both of them enlisted help from friends Pili enlisted the help of Tausamitele Lelemalosi and Pouliuli Faleasa enlisted the help of his long time friend Laaumatua and his son Moaula Finally to get the freedom they so wished for they had to complete one last task In Pilis case it was to divide his kingdom among his children while Faleasa had to remove Malaga as congress of the village In the end they both end up with nothing Both ending up in the darkness of Pouliuli In both scenarios there is a mirror image from Pilis saga to Faleasas In what way are the characteristics of the three allies Pili enlist to help him with his tasks similar to those of Faleasas allies How are the tasks in Pilis saga similar to Faleasas tasks Why did Faleasa actually go with his plan when he knew that the end result in Pilis story was tragic We first recognize the similarities between the mythological saga of Pili to Faleasas life
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