Frog and the scorpion

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  • The Scorpion and the Frog is a fable about a scorpion asking a frog to carry him across a river. The frog is afraid of being stung during the trip, but the scorpion argues that if it stung the frog, the frog would sink and the scorpion would drown. The frog agrees and begins carrying the scorpion, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When asked why, the scorpion explains that this is simply its nature. The fable is used to illustrate the view that the behaviour of some creatures, or of some people, is irrepressible, no matter how they are treated and no matter what the consequences.
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  • 1. The Frog and the Scorpion By Mahboob MHA CPHQ USA Lesson Objectives •to discuss main characters • to experiment with adjectives
  • 2. Frog lived on the grassy, wet riverbank. He was an easy-going sort ofchap and loved the lazy days.Spending most of his life watchingthe world go by, he really enjoyed hislife on the river bank.
  • 3. One day, as he was sitting in theglorious sunshine, Frog sawScorpion sitting crying on his sideof the bank. Being such a nicefellow, Frog decided to go and seewhat was wrong with Scorpion.
  • 4. “I need to get to the other side of the river,” sniffed Scorpion, “as I cannot swim and the food I need is on the other side!”“Well,” started Frog, “I could give you a life over but only if you promise not to sting me Scorpion.”
  • 5. Scorpion thinks for a moment and assures Frog the he will not sting him as if he does, Frog will drown and they will both die.Frog hops into the water and Scorpion clambers carefully onto his back to begin the journey to his much needed food.
  • 6. As they get towards the halfway point of the journey, Frog is starting to feel uncomfortable. He turns around as Scorpion is raising his tail. He stings Frog!
  • 7. “But Scorpion!” Frog cried out before dying, “now you will die as well, why did you sting me?”
  • 8. “Sorry,” replied Scorpion, “it’s just how I am, it’s in my nature.”Do you think Scorpion behaved ‘out of character’?