Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Part 4: Other Fables of Aesop

Other Aesop Fables

Here is a list of Aesop Fables which may not be as popular to us as compared with those in the first list. It is true that many fables have remained obscure and forgotten in some shelves, relinquished aside in favor of modern day fables and animations. Ironically many stories about animals are not fables at all. Even legends have a place of their own, and a lot of them do not fall into the category of fables. The Minotaur for example will remain firmly within the sphere of mythology, more so with the mystical beasts legends and myths like Medusa and the Dragon.

The Ant and the Grasshopper – “Save for the rainy day.” Action and industry of th wise and a good man, and nothing is so much to be despised as slothfulness.

• A boar and a Fox – A discreet man should have a reserve of everything that is necessary beforehand.

• The Fox and the Crow – There is hardly any man living that may not be wrought upon more or less by flattery

• An Ass, an Ape and a Mole; The Hares and the Frogs – These two fables tell us that we
cannot contend with the Orders and Decrees of Providence

• The Ant and the Fly – An honest mediocrity is the happiest state a man can wish for.

• The Horse and an Ass – This fable shows the folly and the fate of pride and arrogance.

• An Husbandman and Stork – Our fortune and reputation require us to keep good company.

• A Father and his Sons – The breach of unity puts the world in a state of war.

• The Sick Father and his Children – Good counsel is the best legacy a father can leave
to a child.

• A Peacock and a Crane – There cannot be a greater sign of a weak mind than a
person’s valuing himself on a gaudy outside.

• The Stag Looking into the Water – We should examine things deliberately,
and candidly consider their real usefulness before we place our esteem on them.

• The Gnat and a Bee – Industry ought to be inculcated in the minds of children.

• A Swallow and a Stork – A wise man will not undertake anything without means answerable to the end.

• The Satyr and the Traveler – There is no use conversing with any man that carries two faces under one hood.

• The Eagle, the Cat and the Sow – There can be no peace in any state or family where whisperers and tale bearers are encouraged.

• The Two Frogs – We ought never to change our situation in life, without duly considering the consequences of such a change.

• The Discontented Ass – Here is a beautiful verse written about this fable

Who lacks the pleasures of a tranquil mind,
Will something wrong in every station find;
His mind unsteady, and on changes bent,
Is always shifting, yet it is ne’er content.

• And here is a shade of mythology in Aesop in these two fables: Hercules and the Carter. Prayers and wishes amount to nothing: We must put forth our own honest endeavors to obtain success and the assistance of heaven; and Mercury and the Woodman – Honesty is the best policy.


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