Are Wolves always bad?

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Are Wolves always bad?

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Fairy tales about wolvesWe have known the image of the Big Bad Wolf since childhood, when to foster obedience our mothers and grandmothers used to sing a lullaby "Hush-a-bye, hush-a-bye, do not lie down on the edge, otherwise a gray wolf will come and he'll seize you on your side". The main Wolf’s aim in Russian fairy tales is to eat up somebody: three little pigs, seven kids, Red Riding Hood etc.In other tales we see the Wolf as a true Fox’s companion who is always ready to risk for her sake but becomes a victim himself. The Wolf is shown strong, but rather stupid. The Wolf is very tricky and dangerous. But humor softens the force of evil, which takes place in English tales. Evil characters constantly ridiculed and often fall into the absurd, comic situations. Usually the tale ends with the victory of good. Evil is punished. The wolf receives his just desert for his actions.So, in the English fairy tale “The Wolf and three Kittens” the Wolf doesn’t manage eat the kittens as he does in the Russian tale “The Wolf and seven Kids”

Wolf Idiomscry wolf- to give a false alarm, to warn of a danger that is not therekeep the wolf from the door- to maintain oneself at the most basic levelkeep the wolves at bay- to fight against some kind of troublea lone wolf- someone who prefers to spend time alone and has few friendsthrow (someone) to the wolves- to send someone into danger without protection, to sacrifice someonewolf down (something)- to gulp down something, to eat something quicklya wolf in sheep's clothing- a person who pretends to be good but really is bad

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Our favorite books about wolves#1"The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling Baby Mowgli is found by wolves in the Indian jungle. Kipling portrays Father Wolf Akela with the character of an English gentleman. This is shown by his recurring references to the honour of the pack. He is large and grey and leads the pack by virtue of his strength and cunning. Shere Khan the tiger wants to gobble him up, but Father Wolf claims him. "'The Wolves are a free people,' said Father Wolf. 'They take orders from the Head of the Pack, and not from any striped cattle-killer.'" Mowgli, declares Raksha, the Mother Wolf, "shall live to run with the Pack and to hunt with the Pack". Hooray for wolves #2 "White Fang" by Jack LondonIn the desolate, frozen wilds of northwest Canada, White Fang, a part-dog, part-wolf cub soon finds himself the sole survivor of a litter of five. In his lonely world, he soon learned to follow the harsh law of the North - kill or be killed. The book shows how men's cruelty can turn a wolf into a bloody beast and men's kindness can turn a wild animal into a real friend.#3 "Call Of The Wild" by Jack LondonBuck, a sturdy crossbreed canine (half St. Bernard, half Shepard), is a dog born to luxury and raised in a sheltered Californian home. But then he is kidnapped and sold to be a sled dog in the harsh and frozen Yukon Territory. Passed from master to master, Buck embarks on an extraordinary journey, proving his unbreakable spirit.

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