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The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Children are taught to never “cry wolf” when making false claims, yet until they are explained, or the wrongs are pointed out to the child. In the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Aesop, the child lacks understanding of the consequences of taking up someone’s time when there is nothing wrong. Aesop is famous for having morals to his fables hoping to teach others a valuable lesson through storytelling.

Crying Wolf

There once was a little shepherd boy who was tasked of watching over a flock of sheep. Desperate for company, he went into the village that bordered the forest he was at crying out wolf. To his delight, the villagers came to investigate his claims but was angered to see it was a false alarm.

Aesop’s Moral

Aesop wanted to show that if a person is seen lying repeatedly, then when they finally do tell the truth, no one will believe them. When a person is seen as a liar, then their credibility is questioned. In the fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf. If he had told the truth from the start, then the villagers would have believed him when the wolf appeared.


The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Personal View

Aesop’s other stories show the moral of the story by the main character enduring a tragic event. Only through heartache and despair; can a person reflect on their life and the choices they’ve, made. In the shepherd boy’s case, he was desperate for company and believed that if the villagers believed he was in danger, then he wouldn’t be alone.

Desperation can be a strong motivation forcing us to make rash decisions. We fear being alone in the world due to being born as social creatures. We feel a need to interact with others to quiet the voices in our head that create self-doubts within ourselves. We feel trapped or cornered and fail to see an alternative course of action.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Many people that lie or deceive others claim that they take part in the acts for attention thinking that being bad is better then being alone. It can cause us to question our character after the damage is done and we realize the cost of our mistake

Burned it!

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