Analysis Of ' The Bear And The Two Travelers ' Essay

1202 Words Feb 10th, 2016 5 Pages
While walking together, two men encounter a bear. One man hides in a tree, leaving the other to fend for himself. The abandoned man believes that playing dead is the best approach and allows the bear to come close. After the bear leaves, the he informs his companion that the bear had warned him not to keep friends who desert one in his time of need. The story of “The Bear and the Two Travelers” may seem a bit extreme as one man simply leaves his friend to possibly die, but the fable does have a valid moral: “Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.” The fable fails to mention the necessity of these challenges, though. A more appropriate moral would be that troubling times can either verify or dissolve friendships but such challenges are needed to prove the strength of such relationships and to justify the trust one has for the other. The more complex of the two morals may be more easily derived from a different example. A man and a woman are strolling down the sidewalk when the woman spots a police officer. She, knowing that she has a warrant for her arrest and that the police officer will recognize her, tells her friend that he, too, will be arrested if they are captured. Her friend, trusting the other to be honest, believes her, and, as soon as the police officer notices them, they flee. The officer pursues them and is catching up to the wanted woman. Fearing prison, she trips her innocent friend and leaves him behind. The officer stops to assist the fallen man and…

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