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The Man and the Flea

"The Man and the Flea" by Jean de La Fontaine is a satirical fable that explores the power dynamics and standards of justice in society. Through the interaction between a flea and a man who seeks to kill it, the book exposes the often irrational and biased ways that power is executed, using a simple, engaging narrative that appeals to both children and adults.


Genre: Fable
Year:
1668
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People pray to and weary the gods, now and then, About trifles unworthy to interest men; Thinking Providence cruel unless it contrives To design to their likings the whole of their lives. Why believe that Olympus should study us more Than it studied the Greeks and the Trojans of yore? A gaby was bit on the shoulder, one night, By a Flea, which took refuge instanter in flight. "O Hercules, Hercules, prithee come down, And exterminate Fleas!" cried the suppliant clown. "O Jupiter, strike with your lightning the beasts, And avenge me on them and their horrible feasts!" To punish a Flea, 'twould be rather a wonder If gods went to work with their clubs and their thunder.
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Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine was a renowned French fabulist and one of the most famous poets during the French classical period. He was born on July 8, 1621, and died on April 13, 1695. Known for his literary style, he is best known for his "Fables", which are considered classics of French literature. His works were marked by his sophisticated style and moral substance, and his fables provided a scathing critique of French society during his time. more…

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