The Elephant - Slawomir Mrozek

Topics: English-language films, The Animals, American films Pages: 1 (353 words) Published: April 25, 2013
Narrative: The Elephant- Slawomir Mrozek

Telling a lie in order to save money is good, right? In this short story, the elephant in the zoo is getting too old a weak and it needs to be replaced. The director of the zoo doesn't care for the animals or the zoo itself, he just cares about the how the zoo and animals benefit him. The zoo keepers and staff are excited about the new arrival of the new great elephant.

The excitement ended when the director sent a letter notifying them that the order of the new elephant was canceled and he ordered an inflatable one instead. In his opinion the fake elephant would be no difference to that of a real one and he will save a great deal of money. As he wrote in the letter, " We can make an elephant out of rubber, of the correct size, fill it with air and place it behind railings" and "It is well known that the elephant is a sluggish animal and it does not run or jump-about." He believes that people will be to dumb to notice the difference and that he will get away with it.

The workers blew it up with air and with a gas pipe, when they got tired, and by the next morning the elephant was up in a special run, next to the monkey cage. As usual a group of school children went for a visit at the zoo and as they were giving a demonstration of the new elephant, and the children were believing everything they were told about the great mammal. The lie came to an end when wind came along and the elephant was blown into the air by the treetops.

The story ends by the saying, " It is reported that they drink liquor and break windows. And they no longer believe in elephants." I believe that one you are lied to by someone important, you will loose trust and everything will seem a lie, no matter the facts. So NO, telling a lie in order to save money is not good.
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