Many of us remember the lines from childhoodrhymed stories about different animals. The author of these works is Ivan Andreevich Krylov - the famous Russian fabulist, the glory of whose poems long ago went beyond his homeland. It's no secret that with the help of ridiculing the actions of animals, this author revealed various vices of people, for which he was often condemned by critics, and the fable "Mirror and Monkey" is just such a work. Let's take a closer look at this fascinating story and try to understand its meaning.

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Summary of the work

The fable "Mirror and Monkey" has a fascinatingThe plot, the action of which begins with the fact that the monkey accidentally notices himself in the mirror and stops his own view on this. The poem very accurately describes all the emotions that she is experiencing: contempt and disgust, because the monkey does not know what she herself is looking at her. Along the way, pushing the bear next to him, the main character of the plot begins to share his thoughts with him about the person who looks at her from the reflection, calling her a wig and comparing her girlfriends with gossips, to which the bear did not begin to explain to the monkey that that side of her face is looking at her, but only hinted at this fact, which was not understood by the monkey.

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"Mirror and Monkey" is a fable of Krylov, ridiculing vile people

A comparison of a person with a monkey is given in thiswork for good reason. The example of such an animal shows the behavior of vile people who notice the shortcomings of others, but do not want to see their own flaws. The main moral of the fable "Mirror and Monkey" is concentrated in the last lines of the work, and it is there that the exact analogy of the monkey with man is made. Krylov even indicated his name. This poem certainly made people worried about picking up gossip because they were literally compared to an ordinary monkey, and only a child can not see such an allegory.

The heavy meaning of poems, which is not studied by schoolchildren

The most interesting is that in the disclosuremorality, the author pointed out a direct situation - bribery, which has been spreading since the days of Krylov's life. The fable "The Mirror and the Monkey" was written by Ivan Andreevich, as they say, for the anger of the day, and therefore began to be actively discussed by the inhabitants of Russia immediately after publication.

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To date, the rhymed stories of thisthe author is studied by schoolchildren from grade 3-5, nevertheless their hidden meaning is not accessible to every student. That is why teachers prefer to focus their attention on a more simple interpretation of the semantic load, rather than go deeper. Ivan Krylov wonderfully combined in his fables an instructive meaning for children and a deep morality, which for the most part had an orientation toward power holders: impure officials and illiterate managers, among whom the author constantly revolved. The fable "The Mirror and the Monkey" became a kind of slap in the face of some of them.

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