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Title: Rationalism of Failure

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Subject: English
Author: James C
Date: June 27, 2013
Level: University
Grade: A
Length: 3 / 681
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We need to convince ourselves and everybody else who witnessed our attempts that the outcome was all for the best. Just like the fox, we actually prepare our egos and our witnesses to view a future failure as if it were actually the result we intended. In "The Fox and the Grapes", when the fox realizes he cannot leap high enough to reach the grapes, he rationalizes that even if he had gotten them, they would probably have been sour anyway...

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Rationalization is the process of constructing a logical justification for a decision, action or lack thereof that was originally arrived at through a different mental process. In Aesop's story, the fox says "they are but green and sour; so I'll e'en let them alone" (Aesop 386). This quote shows that the fox was searching for other justification to show that he didn't desire the grapes in the first place...

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