Fox and Grapes

Topics: Fable, Aesop, Aesop's Fables Pages: 2 (638 words) Published: November 5, 2012
Lydia French
MO1B-Mr. Avants
Animal Within

Fox and the grapes is one of the more well known of the Aesop's Fables. The story illustrates the common tendency of people to speak unfavorably of thing that they are unable to get for themselves, although in reality they may like it. There are a few themes that fall under this fable, they might include jealousy, perseverance, failure, or even greed, but I believe as a reader the main theme of this fable is deceit. “Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: "I am sure they are sour." The plot of the story is that a fox tries to reach up to and eat grapes that he sees growing, but is unable to reach them because they are too high. Realizing that he cannot get the grapes, the fox gives up effort to reach the grapes, commenting that the gapes are sour, and therefor not worth eating. In this short story we see that the fox has attempted numerous times to get it’s paws on the grapes. The fable reads, “Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success” demonstrating the fox’s persistence. If we apply this to today’s society, it becomes a perfect example of how people deal with their everyday lives. Think about it, most of us want things that we can’t have, therefore, when we do not achieve the goal of possessing those material things, we tend to become pompous and stuck up. We often come up with excuses for the reasons that we can’t have certain things. The fox shows this example when she says “I am sure they are sour anyway”. Just like the fox, people come up with excuses that justifies their failure to keep going or keep working for something that they want. Now, lets look at the irony of this story. Isn’t it a worldwide fact, at least in stories, that foxes are clever and manipulative...
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