Exploring the Twentieth Century

Exploring the Twentieth Century

Why the hyena limps and the lessons learnt

Hyena have been known to walk with a limp which makes it appear as if its walking with difficulties especially due to the fact than they have  shorter back legs than the front ones. There have been many narratives sorting to explain the causing of limping in hyena one of them being related to the greed of hyena. Hyena and hare were once great friends and were paying courtesy calls to each other and shared meals together. One day the hare invited the hyena over and asked to share meals together and in return the following day the hare invited his best friends for a share of his delicious honey meal. The hyena finished his share but kept on asking for more from the hare store having noticed that there was plenty of the honey. Hare had noted the greed in his friends and had decided to teach him a lesson in order to avoid such embarrassing moments again. Hare the hyena that he would fix his back with glue so that the good honey will remain in stomach forever. This made the hyena to seek crow’s intervention since he was under pressure and wanted to relieve himself. The crow pecked the glue on the back and hyena feeling relieved poured all the mess on the beautiful feathers of the crow who spent days smelling fowl. However, the crow sought revenge and invited hyena on a feast in heaven and they greed hyena clan decided to leave nobody on earth. They all held the tail of crow and when they reached some heights above the ground the crow pecked the feathers at the tail and the feathers came off. Hyena clan fell with a thud but survived with broken legs. Since then the hyena clan always walks with a limp and this explains the reason why the hyena adopted such a walking style.

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The narrative is narrated to children and also to the young adults in order to discourage them from being greedy with properties and especially food.Exploring the Twentieth Century Following the arguments’ of Green (2009), children may be tempted to be greedy especially under peer influence and can be a source of embarrassment especially in birthday or wedding parties where food is offered in great amounts. This narrative also serves to warn the greed people of the impending danger of over eating since this will lead to stomach upsets and other related complications.

The hyena greed over food made him to lose his legs and have a limp forever when walking since when walking them seems to walk with difficulties and being in pain.Exploring the Twentieth Century This actions are quiet effective in guiding individuals actions and their beliefs especially from childhood since some of the behavior that children engages in, are weird and unacceptable within the community hence its better to control them from the start to make them avoid such instances when they becomes adults. Furthermore, the narrative discourages children form over eating and also makes them have desirable eating habits especially when they are on their own.

According to Insaidoo (2011), storytelling is a form of entertainments especially among young learners in elementary learning where the normal learning style may be boring and tedious hence it’s good to break away from the learning norm and engage in stories. Narratives offers an alternative way of communicating moral lessons especially among young teenagers who tends to be rebellious and do not pay attentions. Hence by giving out a story in order to give a moral lesson, it might be more effective rather than giving out the moral lessons and a learner might be struck by the consequences of the engaging in such an action by comparing the vents at the narrative and life situations.

However it’s good to choose a story that is relevant to the learners and a simple one which will communicate the message easily without creating complications of understanding among the learners. Furthermore, following the arguments’ of Green (2009),  not all moral lessons can be told using stories and it’s better to choose those which are relevant and simple and requires a different dimension of approach in order to be effective in delivering the message behind them.Exploring the Twentieth Century The story teller also needs to incorporate the different style of narration such as dramatization in order to make the learners feel the actions and follow the narrations step by steps such that they re-narrate those amongst themselves.

Children are very sensitive when narrating a story to them and it’s good to incorporate songs and questions within the story. As noted by Insaidoo(2011), children have little attention span and may tend to doze away in course of the story and by incorporating a song especially in the part that the hyena the crow were travelling to the sky will captivate the attention of the kids. Questions will make the learners feel as they are part of the story and they will not lose attention easily since questions tends to provoke their thinking. Hence narratives giving moral lessons are also part of learning activity.



Green, T. (2009). Asian American Folktales. Westport: Greenwood Publishing Group Inc.

Insaidoo, K. (2011). Moral Lessons in African Folktales. Bloomington: Author House Publishers.