The Wolf and the Lamb: Aesop’s Fables #1

The Wolf And The Lamb

WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay
violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the
Wolf’s right to eat him. He thus addressed him: “Sirrah, last year you
grossly insulted me.” “Indeed,” bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone
of voice, “I was not then born.” Then said the Wolf, “You feed in my
pasture.” “No, good sir,” replied the Lamb, “I have not yet tasted
grass.” Again said the Wolf, “You drink of my well.” “No,” exclaimed the
Lamb, “I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother’s milk is both food
and drink to me.” Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying,
“Well! I won’t remain supperless, even though you refute every one of my
The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.

Have you read “The Wolf and the Lamb” by Aesop? What is this Aesop’s fable about? What is “The Wolf and the Lamb” fable about?

A story can be an allegory, fable or parable. An allegory is a symbolic story that gives moral lessons. A fable is a story without a moral lesson and a parable is a story about people with real lives. Aesop’s fable is about a hungry wolf who is ready to eat a lamb he comes across in the forest. 

What does this fable mean? Aesop’s fable can be read as an allegory because it has a moral lesson. The wolf wants to eat the lamb so he will not have to worry about food and he can rest for a while. He is also lazy and unwilling to work hard to get food. The lamb is weak, helpless, and very easy to catch. The wolf doesn’t care about the lamb but only about himself. The wolf doesn’t care about the lamb’s fate; he just wants to be lazy and eat the lamb so he will not have to work. The wolf is selfish and he is willing to do anything to satisfy his desires. He thinks that if he catches and eats the lamb, he will be happy. The lamb has no way of protecting himself. He will eventually be eaten by the wolf.

The Wolf and the Lamb is one of the many fables found in Aesop’s collection called “The Fables of Aesop”. It was written about 2,500 years ago and has been told and retold for centuries by countless poets, storytellers and artists. What does the moral lesson of the story teach us?

This story can also be read as a fable. We can use this story as an allegory to talk about how we can get what we want in life. This story shows us how one person can be lazy and do something that can have a bad outcome. The wolf could have been a person or something else instead of a wolf. The wolf could have been a person who doesn’t care about working hard for the things he wants in life.

For the same reason that the wolf wants to eat the lamb, we should not be selfish and care only about ourselves. We should help and take care of other people. We must not only care about ourselves but also others. In the story, the wolf represents people who are selfish and lazy. They want to eat the lamb and be happy. They don’t care about the lamb’s fate. The lamb represents the weak and helpless, those who are easily taken advantage of and may be hurt. People like the wolf have no fear of being hurt and they have no compassion for others.

What have you learned from “The Wolf and the Lamb” by Aesop? Write a comment below and share your insights.

3 thoughts on “The Wolf and the Lamb: Aesop’s Fables #1

  1. The wolf and the lamb
    I think the lamb it were in a powerful position in this case due to, that, he set up a set of imputations, that, the lamb never could to refute and the lamb never had the opportunity to flee. The wolf achieved his objectic to eat him up. And it is for this reason that the citation says so: The tyrant will always find a pretext to his tirany.
    Best Regard

    1. Everybody has all the rights to live his life as he or she wishes. No one can’t disturb him or her or cause them issues or problems. It is very difficult to forbid someone from his or her rights. Here, the wolf like to eat the lamb who is alone. Then we can ask a question: where is the lamb’s mother ? It’s dangerous to let her son alone. To be selfish is unhuman. If you want anything, you must work very hard to own it.

  2. in this fable titled ‘the wolf and the lam’ the author wants to explain or discuss when a person wants to have something no matter what, he creates stories and fashions lies to convince the adversary with false resolutions and bad reasonings to achieve its goal.

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