The Mouse and the Lion
I created the Scratch animation The Mouse and the Lion as my response to a project to create an interactive ethical story. An ethical story is similar to a fable or folk tale. In an ethical story, usually one main character is given choices to make, and chooses either the good one, or the bad one, which are the ethical decisions of an ethical story. The ethical decision that the character makes in the story affects the outcome of the story, which teaches a valuable and useful life lesson to its readers.
My story is about a mouse named Stanley, and how he learns that being too overconfident can lead to bad things. The mouse lives in a jungle filled with countless animals. He was very troublesome and always played pranks on other animals in the jungle regardless of their size because he was always confident that he would be able to escape away with the advantage of being tiny, and most of the time, he was successful in escaping.
One day, the mighty lion, the king of the jungle, was trapped and captured by hunters in a rope net, which was very unexpected, considering his size. The lion tried to get free from the ropes, but the more the lion tried to get free, the more tangled the ropes got.
The mouse, knowing that the lion was captured by hunters decided to play a prank on the lion, which is one choice of the ethical decision. The mouse placed some food in the front of the lion, at a close distance, but which the lion almost, but could not reach. The lion thought that the mouse was being nice and was trying to help him, so he tried to reach for the food, for the lion did not know yet that it was a trick. As the lion reached for the food, the rope got more and more entangled and the lion became furious, realizing that it was Stanley, the mouse who had tricked him.
The lion promised himself that once he got free from the ropes, he would get revenge on the mouse. And the lion eventually did get free, as well as getting revenge. The other choice of the ethical decision is choosing to help the lion get free from the rope net trap by nibbling on the ropes since the mouse had the advantage of being small and was able to get in and out the rope trap easily. By helping the lion, the mouse and the lion would become great friends forever, and the lion promised that he would help the mouse whenever he was in danger or needed help.
My story was inspired by the original classic fable, “The Lion and the Mouse”, told by Aesop. I decided on my story by seeing that “The Lion and the Mouse” taught a good lesson after reading it, how there are advantages and disadvantages to being both small, or big, and how size does not determine your ability. With that, I decided on the lesson I would teach in my ethical story, how being to overconfident can lead to bad things, in addition to the lesson in the original story of how there are advantages and disadvantages of being both small or big. The original fable of “The Lion and the Mouse” inspired me to come up with ideas I used in my ethical story. I found the original fable on this website, and used it to help come up with ideas: http://www.longlongtimeago.com/llta_fables_lionmouse.html
I think I was successful in creating my story because I feel that I have included all the requirements in my ethical story Scratch animation. My animation is around 3 minutes long and is interactive, so the viewers can help the character make ethical decisions. There are different outcomes and effects for the different ethical decisions that the viewer chooses for the character. I have also credited the websites/sources/authors that have provided me with ideas or images. Finally, I also think that my story is appropriate for children up to 13 years old.