The story that I am analyzing is the King James Version of Jonah and the Whale.
“Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights” Jonah 1:17. This is the verse that first states anything about a “fish”, which the word is vague enough that it allows most people relate it to any fish of their choosing and most readers assume is a whale.
I feel like the whale or fish for this matter represents “the rod” as in the “spare the rod spoil the child” teaching. Where as a parent is asked to and would reprimand their child for wrong doings so that the child does not become spoiled, so does God in this story, he reprimands his children. When he had asked Jonah to go to Nineveh, but Jonah decided he had a better plan and went on his own journey. Just as a parent would scold their child for disobeying so does God except when its with God it tends to be on a such greater scale. Which would have not only affected Jonah if he was not cast overboard but would have also cost the other crew members dearly, showing that your actions will not only effect you but also others.I believe the author is trying to portray that even though you maybe an adult and no longer what you believe to be considered a child, that does not mean that there are not lessons to be learned and there is always someone that is above you that is and will put you in your place whether its a parent, God, teacher, or a boss that there is always “the rods” to help you from becoming arrogant an to realize what you do does not only affect you but may bring harm upon others.