Essay on Short Story : ' A Fish Story '

712 Words Sep 11th, 2016 3 Pages
Aiza Nageeb
A Fish Story
Not everything in life is crystal clear; sometimes we need to dig deeper to find the true meaning behind a particular idea/thing. In the case study, "A Fish Story" a college professor is trying to teach his students a lesson by making them observe a small fish on a white plate. For three days in a row, the professor assigns the students the same assignment and as the days progress, the students find new results. The first day the students notice basic physical characteristics about the fish, like its size and the color of the plate it rests on. The second day the students use a book to find out about the type of fish it is, and the third day they dig deeper and observe minuscule details; like its weight, position of the mouth and texture. The main purpose of the professor leaving the students unsupervised was so that they could find answers on their own. I believe that the professor did this so that students would learn that not all answers are obvious and that to find them, one must really think.
It is very clear in the story that the professor was not looking for something specific when he assigned the students the task of observing the fish. His main goal was to teach them a lesson that would help them during their college years, and for the rest of their lives. The lesson the professor was trying to hint at was that sometimes in life not everything is going to be easy. There will be times when one must struggle, like the college students had…

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