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Useful weblinks: Friends

  • Most students will have heard the expression ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed’.
  • The man who climbs the tree abandons his friend when he is in need. This is pretty much the definition of a ‘fair-weather friend’ and the fable seems to be suggesting that you should be careful when picking your friends and only cultivate friendships that are based on mutual care and support.
  • Milo Winter (1886-1956) illustrated many of Aesop’s fables. In this illustration, the man lying on the ground has his red cloak spread out around him (almost like blood!), helping create the illusion that he is dead.
  • The fair-weather friend in this animation shows remorse for what he did at the end. Do you think his friend will be able to forgive him?
  • There is certainly no forgiveness in this animation, where the friend who climbed the tree is portrayed as being really quite mean!