The Awakening, and Selected Stories - Emancipation: A Life Fable Summary & Analysis

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Emancipation: A Life Fable Summary

This story details the life of an animal that is born in a cage. It does not perceive the outside world, except for a sun beam that warms him. He is fed and cared for by an invisible master, and appears content and safe. One day, the door to his cage is left open by accident. At first, the animal is afraid. He crouches in the corner and does not try to escape. Finally, he looks outside the cage and sees a world he has never known. Still fearful but also growing curious, he again crouches in the corner but is no longer content to stay there. He returns to the open door to peek outside over and over again, each time seeing a bit more. Finally, he escapes from his cage and ventures out into the world and begins to...

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