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How does "The Scorpion and the Frog" relate to integrity?

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Posted June 19, 2011 at 3:07 PM via web

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How does "The Scorpion and the Frog" relate to integrity?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 19, 2011 at 3:19 PM (Answer #1)

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There is much in way of integrity shown through this fable.  The most dominant display of it is through the frog's actions.  Understanding the risk of death at the sting of the scorpion, the frog is able to overcome his own misgivings and do the honorable thing in shepherding the scorpion.  It is his integrity that compels him to do such a thing.  Additionally, it is his integrity that leads to his death.  For his part, the scorpion usually gets the lion's share of criticism.  Yet, I think that the scorpion also demonstrates integrity in that he fully accepts responsibility for his actions when the frog asks him why he stung him despite his help.  The scorpion does not hide from the fact that it is in his nature to sting and to kill.  This is who he is and what he does.  There is much in the way of integrity offered in such an admission.  The scorpion wishes to be something that he is not, which is why he offers so much in way of justifications as to why he will not hurt the frog.  Yet, in the end, the scorpion cannot evade his true nature, the essence of his identity.  This openness and this acceptance reflects integrity.  The integrity of both animals ironically contributes to their deaths at the end of the fable.

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