Ms. Ulgine Barrows is the Foxy Loxy of this modern fable. She is the bulky, obnoxious, and arrogant animal in this story always bullying the people around her. The author uses many examples of animal imagery to paint a picture of Ulgine. She would always romp like a circus horse around the offices, elevators, and hallways of F. & S., the company she works for. She profaned the halls with her quacking voice and braying laugh. A few of “Ugline’s” masculine features such as being huge, burly, and built suggested that she was an ox rampaging around the halls of F. & S. Her last name Barrows resembles a burrow. Her first name, Ulgine, resembles “Ugline” making her appear as an unsightly creatu...
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... Seat” is a modern fable because the meaning of a fable suggests that this story is a fable. The moral of this fable was that “Brains Beat Brawn.” “The Catbird Seat” has shown many qualities of a fable that other fables have shown. There were two animals in which one was weaker and clever and the other was stronger and bigger. The bigger animal, Ms. Barrows was always bullying the weaker character, Mr. Martin. In the end, the weaker character defeated the bigger character not with strength but with cunningness, cleverness, and intelligence. This happened because the mightier character was an arrogant, self-centered, and cocky animal. The weaker character’s unexpected clever plan to trick the overconfident character taught the larger character a lesson. All of this criteria for a fable happens in “The Catbird Seat” which means the “The Catbird Seat is a modern fable.
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