the lion and the mouse
RockingViolinCr. replied on 9 March, 2017 – 18:48 Spain Permalink
This traditional story is about helping a friend. Can a mouse help a lion? Watch and find out!
The fable in literature
In the oldest versions, a lion threatens a mouse that wakes him from sleep. The mouse begs forgiveness and makes the point that such unworthy prey would bring the lion no honour. The lion then agrees and sets the mouse free. Later, the lion is netted by hunters. Hearing it roaring, the mouse remembers its clemency and frees it by gnawing through the ropes. The moral of the story is that mercy brings its reward and that there is no being so small that it cannot help a greater. Later English versions reinforce this by having the mouse promise to return the lion’s favor, to its sceptical amusement.
The Lion and the Mouse is one of Aesop’s Fables, numbered 150 in the Perry Index. There are also Eastern variants of the story, all of which demonstrate mutual dependence regardless of size or status. In the Renaissance the fable was provided with a sequel condemning social ambition.
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What are Aesop’s fables?
Legend tells us that Aesop lived a very long time ago in a place called Greece and became famous for telling stories intended to teach lessons about life. We call his stories Aesop’s fables.
The poor mouse is now afraid and he thinks how to get out from here. The mouse says, “Please forgive me King, I will surely return this favor of yours!” On hearing this, the lion laughs. But he leaves the little mouse and let him go. Also, read Three Things.
the lion and the mouse
The mouse tried to creep out as stealthily as he could. Soon he was near the entrance. But as he tried to cross the lion, his little tail grazed against the left paw of the beast and the lord of the jungle woke up with a start. Imagine his anger and the roar he gave when he saw the puny mouse in his den.
The frightened mouse lost his mind and began to run up and down upon the lion. The lion placed his huge paw upon its tail and opened his big jaws to swallow the mouse when the latter cried out,