5. THE KING AND THE SPIDER
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 “The King and the Spider” also gives us a sublime moral lesson.
Robert Bruce was the king of Scotland. He wanted to liberate his country from the British. He fought many battles against the British but was always defeated. Once, he was defeated so badly that he had to get refuge in a cave. He decided to struggle no more.
In the cave, he saw a spider trying to reach its cobweb. It made eight attempts but every time it failed. Bruce thought that it would make no more effort. But, the spider made another attempt and reached its cobweb. It encouraged the king. He came out of the cave with new zest and zeal, gathered his forces and attacked the enemy tooth and nail. This time, he succeeded in liberating his country from the clutches of the British. We learn from the story that we must continue our journey to our destination regardless of the hurdles and failures.
1. Try, try again.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO BE KEPT IN MIND:
- Never use the moral lesson as the title of the story. The title must be pure title. It should be “The King and the Spider” or “A King and a Spider”, “King Bruce and the Spider”, or “The Spider and the King.”Whatever the title you have read, follow that specific title.
- 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.