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Encyclopedia > The Fox and the Grapes

The Fox and the Grapes is a fable attributed to Aesop. The protagonist, a fox, upon failing to find a way to reach grapes hanging high up on a vine, retreated and said, "The grapes are sour anyway!". The moral is stated at the end of the fable as: In its strict sense a fable is a short story or folk tale embodying a moral, which may be expressed explicitly at the end as a maxim. ... Aesop, as depicted in the Nuremberg Chronicle. ... The protagonist is the central figure of a story, and is often referred to as a storys main character. ... A Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) A fox is a member of any of 27 species of small omnivorous canids. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A moral is a one sentence remark made at the end of many childrens stories that expresses the intended meaning, or the moral message, of the tale. ...

It is easy to despise what you cannot get.

The English idiom "sour grapes", derived from this fable, refers to the denial of one's desire for something that one fails to acquire or sometimes to the person with such denial. Similar expressions also exist in other languages. In psychology, this behavior is known as rationalization. It may also be called reduction of cognitive dissonance. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... An idiom is an expression (ie. ... Auguste Rodins The Thinker, bronze cast by Alexis Rudier, Laeken Cemetery, Brussels, Belgium Psychology (ancient Greek: psyche = soul or mind, logos/-ology = study of) is an academic and applied field involving the study of the mind and behavior, both human and nonhuman. ... In psychology, rationalization is the process of constructing a logical justification for a decision that was originally arrived at through a different mental process. ... Cognitive dissonance is a condition first proposed by the psychologist Leon Festinger in 1956, relating to his hypothesis of cognitive consistency. ...


In colloquial speech the idiom is often applied to someone who loses and fails to do so gracefully. Strictly speaking though, it should be applied to someone who, after losing, denies the intention to win altogether. A colloquialism is an informal expression, that is, an expression not used in formal speech or writing. ...


Frank Tashlin adapted the tale into a 1941 Color Rhapsodies short for Screen Gems/Columbia Pictures. The Fox and the Grapes marked the first appearance of Screen Gems' most popular characters, The Fox and the Crow. Frank Tashlin (February 19, 1913 - May 5, 1972) was an animator, screenwriter, and director. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Color Rhapsody Title Card Color Rhapsodies was a series of usually one-shot animated cartoon shorts produced by the Screen Gems studio for Columbia Pictures. ... Screen Gems is an American subsidiary company of Columbia Pictures Corp. ... The Columbia Pictures logo, since 1996. ... The Fox and the Crow are a pair of anthropomorphic cartoon characters created by Frank Tashlin for the Screen Gems studio. ...


Unripe versus sour

The moral of the fable centers on the qualification by the fox, when he finds his desire unattainable. The word "sour" was probably chosen by the translators in Western Europe, writing during the Victorian era. Study of older versions of the fable suggest that "unripe" might be a more literal translation. This suggests the fox had not given up entirely, but was consoling himself with the idea that he would come back later to try in earnest. However, inappropriate for Victorian society, the word "unripe" might be an innuendo suggesting an as yet unripe woman, which was probably why "sour" was chosen. (Another view would be that "sour grapes" is brief, prosodically felicitous and concrete, as compared with "unripe grapes," and that the Victorians -- whether or not their Romantic rambles necessarily brought them in contact with vines bearing immature, and decidedly sour, to those who have had the experience, fruit -- deserve a break.) Translation is an activity comprising the interpretation of the meaning of a text in one language—the source text—and the production of a new, equivalent text in another language—the target text, also called the translation. ... A common understanding of Western Europe in modern times Western Europe is a cultural/political concept mainly forged and used during the Cold War. ... Queen Victoria (shown here on the morning of her Accession to the Throne, 20 June 1837) gave her name to the historic era The Victorian era of Great Britain is considered the height of the British industrial revolution and the apex of the British Empire. ...


See also

Aesops Fables or Aesopica refers to a collection of fables credited to Aesop (circa 620 BC – 560 BC), a slave and story-teller living in Ancient Greece. ... Cognitive dissonance is a condition first proposed by the psychologist Leon Festinger in 1956, relating to his hypothesis of cognitive consistency. ... The argument from silence (also called argumentum e(x) silentio in Latin) is that the silence of a speaker or writer about X proves or suggests that the speaker or writer is ignorant of X. Here is an example of a legitimate argument from silence: John: Do you know any...

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