The Opening dynamic resembles the ‘Edenic’ in so far as a prohibition is transgressed…
‘Do not eat from that tree, for you shall surely die.’
‘Do not cross the lodge, for you shall leave a stench.’
…And there is also a spacial parallel in that Skunk moves from a state of relative equilibrium to a state of outright hierarchy, although it could, perhaps, be argued that a state of equilibrium in which prohibitions are issued is no state of equilibrium at all.
At any rate, Skunk moves from a safe and protected ‘inner’ state to a dangerous and unprotected ‘outer’ state of being, as a result of his actions, as do Adam and Eve as a result of theirs.
There are, though, some important, differences.
Were we to read Skunk’s tale literally, no one could blame the Plover and Frog sisters for Skunk’s ‘fall’ and no one could regard the sensual life as intrinsically ‘sinful’.
But then, why should we read the tale literally, it is a story after all?
Since when did ‘once upon a time’ suddenly become ‘this is how it is’?
The substitution of a dogmatic belief search, for the willing suspension of disbelief, in relation to stories, is an error which can never lead to enlightenment.
Skunk’s error, on the other hand, is one of ‘natural order’.
The feminine prerogative of choosing a husband is perverted by his desire.
In satisfying this desire he also, inadvertently, transgresses the original prohibition.
He has to physically move the Plover Sisters from Bald-Eagle’s bed to his own.
From this, all Skunk’s ‘woes’ follow…