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The Man and the Lion

The Man and the Lion is a short fable story by Aesop. It revolves around a man and a lion who argue over who is the superior among all the animals. They come across first a statue depicting a man overpowering a lion and then a rug showing a lion overcoming a man. This illustrates the subjectivity of perspective, teaching readers that the story's interpretation often depends on who is telling it.


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A Lion and a Man chanced to travel in company through the forest. They soon began to quarrel, for each of them boasted that he and his kind were far superior to the other both in strength and mind. Now they reached a clearing in the forest and there stood a statue. It was a representation of Heracles in the act of tearing the jaws of the Nemean Lion. "See," said the man, "that's how strong we are! The King of Beasts is like wax in our hands!" "Ho!" laughed the Lion, "a Man made that statue. It would have been quite a different scene had a Lion made it!" It all depends on the point of view, and who tells the story.
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Aesop

Aesop was an ancient Greek storyteller and fabulist, known for his collection of fables. His fables often featured animals as characters and conveyed moral lessons or wisdom through short narratives. Some of his most famous fables include "The Tortoise and the Hare," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," and "The Fox and the Grapes." These timeless stories continue to be widely read and adapted to this day. more…

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