A FOOLISH STAG (Moral Stories in English)

                                                         2. A FOOLISH STAG

        Storytelling is as old as man. It has been one of the greatest sources of preaching moral values because every story is written with some moral purpose. All the prophets, the saints, religious scholars and teachers have been adopting it as a source of preaching any kind of morality. If one follows the lesson preached in the story, one can avoid many perils and problems. The story “A Foolish  Stag” also gives us a sublime moral lesson.

    Once, a stag felt thirsty. He went to a nearby stream. When he began to drink water, he saw his reflection in the clear running water. He was delighted to see the beauty of his horns. But when he saw his legs, he became displeased. He began to curse his legs. When he was lost in his thoughts, he saw some hounds coming towards him. He was terrified. He began to run to save his life. His legs were of great help to him and he reached a jungle. But in the jungle, his horns were caught in the thick bushes. He tried to free himself but all in vain. In the meantime, the hounds reached there. At this moment, he thought that he was in the wrong. They caught the stag and tore him into pieces. His horns of which he was so proud became the cause of his death. We learn from the story: “Pride hath a fall.”


1. Pride hath a fall. 

2. Appearances are often deceptive. 

3. Never find fault with the ways of nature. 

            4. All that glitters is not gold.


  1. Never use the moral lesson as the title of the story. The title must be pure title. It should be “A Foolish Stag” or “The Foolish Stag.” Whatever the title you have read, follow that specific title.
  2. Most of the moral stories have more than one moral lesson. Sometimes, the students try to write more than one moral lesson. In doing so, they make mistakes. I would advise them to write the specific moral lesson in which they have been asked to write a story.

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