The Father And His Sons is an English short story or fable from Aesop to practice reading and listening comprehension in English. You can also improve your advanced vocabulary in context with images.
Source of story: Gutenberg Project at www.gutenberg.org
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The Father and His Sons
A father had a family of sons who were perpetually quarreling among themselves.
When he failed to heal their disputes by his exhortations, he determined to give them a practical illustration of the evils of disunion; and for this purpose he one day told them to bring him a bundle of sticks.
When they had done so, he placed the faggot into the hands of each of them in succession, and ordered them to break it in pieces.
They tried with all their strength, and were not able to do it.
He next opened the faggot, took the sticks separately, one by one, and again put them into his sons’ hands, upon which they broke them easily.
He then addressed them in these words: “My sons, if you are of one mind, and unite to assist each other, you will be as this faggot, uninjured by all the attempts of your enemies.”
“But if you are divided among yourselves, you will be broken as easily as these sticks.”