The prompt is intended to help you form a thesis for a paper 2-3 pages in length. Please do not attempt to answer all of the sub-questions under the topic; they are suggestions to direct your work. Please use the prompt to develop a thesis based fully upon evidence from the Hitopadesha. In order to support your arguments, quote or cite the text multiple times in each paragraph.
Please include a thesis at the end of the first paragraph. Simply cite page numbers from the text like so (35).
Please make it clear which translation of the Hitopadesha you are using.
– Rich and Poor Throughout the Hitopadesha, we receive various bits of advice as to how different states of wealth affect people and their character, and how rich and poor people behave. How do their circumstances define the lives and characters of the rich and the poor? What problems befall the rich and the poor? What advice does the text give the reader about how to handle wealth and/or poverty? Is it possible to be a good poor man, and is it possible to be a good rich man? How does the text argue that wealth should be properly sought, and properly spent? What lessons about money do you think the author(s) wanted to teach the audience?