issue of Puddler focuses on how human culture reflects our beliefs and
feelings about animals and their behavior. For example, our everyday
language is filled with sayings related to animals, such as blind
as a bat. Comparing people and even products to animals is a common
way to describe our own behavior and to evoke certain emotions. Written
stories are also filled with animal characters that symbolize basic
behaviors and ideas.
common for people to describe human behavior in terms of how it compares
to animal behavior. A person might be called a dirty rat
or a snake in the grass. People seem to have basic, universal
feelings about certain animals and their behaviordespite the fact
that often, the animals themselves don't exhibit these behaviors in
reality. We can find plenty of animal-isms, or sayings related
to animals and their behavior, in our everyday speech.
text of this story.
Races With Beaver
Animals in literature are often used as symbols for
basic ideas and behaviors. Turtle Races with
Beaver is a Native American story that proves quick thinking
can lead to victory even when the odds are stacked against you.
full text of this story.