In this engaging tale from the West Indies, the small and cunning Anancy outsmarts the stronger, more intimidating character, Tiger. Tiger plots to create a scenario where he pretends to be dead, hoping to lure Anancy and then attack him. However, Anancy's intelligence and common sense steer the narrative differently.
Tiger starts by instructing his wife to mourn his 'death' loudly to attract a crowd in the village. As planned, her cries of despair bring the villagers, including Anancy, to their home. Anancy, however, senses something strange about Tiger's sudden death. He questions the villagers about any illness that Tiger may have had, to which everyone responds in the negative.
Hearing these doubts, Tiger, who had been feigning death, loses his patience and makes a critical mistake, roaring loudly in frustration. Anancy immediately seizes this opportunity to unmask Tiger's deceit. He asks the villagers if they have ever heard a dead man cry out. Realising the truth of the situation, the villagers leave immediately, avoiding any interaction with Tiger.
In the end, Anancy, by using his intelligence and quick thinking, effectively manages to stay safe from Tiger's planned assault and through his wit, he also exposes Tiger's deception to the villagers. His ability to question the situation and make quick judgments displays how even the physically weaker can stand up to the stronger if they use their intelligence and common sense.