Andersen Fairy Tales, Andersen-Hans Christian

The Farm-yard Cock and the Weather-Cock

The Farm-Yard Cock and the Weather-CockThe Farm-Yard Cock and the Weather-Cock

There was once a farm where there was a regular yard rooster and a rooster which stood upon the roof to tell the weather. The cucumber which grew upon the ground was rather fond of the yard rooster because he actually moved around and crowed, while the weather rooster did not crow at all.

The yard rooster had a pretty high opinion of himself, but so too did the weather vane. The weather vane rooster thought the whole world was stupid. The yard rooster was stupid for strutting around. He was stupid for crowing. He was stupid for folklore. If a rooster laid an egg it was a Basilisk. The pigeons were stupid and so were the other birds that visited the weather vane.

The weather vane stood firm in the storm and yielded not. He thought he could lay an egg, a wind-egg, but none of this was worth a wind-egg. He thought the whole thing was stupid so he fell off the roof. He nearly killed the yard rooster, but did not.

In the end, the weather vane was so puffed up he fell off the roof.

Observations

Roosters cannot lay eggs and neither can weather vanes. Was this weather vane talking about farting? A wind-egg–seriously? What the heck is a wind-egg? The only thing that comes to my mind is that the rooster is saying he could fart, but it wouldn’t be worth it. Well, if that’s the way you look at it…

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People often portray roosters as being overly proud and confident in themselves. Are they really? Who knows? None of us can speak rooster nor are we chicken mind readers. We give the quality of pride to a rooster when we have no idea if he is proud or not. We then assume that because we think roosters are prideful that any image of a rooster is prideful, like the rooster weather vane. It’s an inanimate object; it’s not prideful.

Despite all of this, the weather vane fell off the roof because he thought everything was stupid. Honestly, he sounds like Marvin from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He thinks the whole world is awful. This is also a sign of depression by the way; this weather vane could be depressed, if weather vanes were living creatures and had the mental capacity to get depressed.

This story is basically saying that the weather vane thought too much of himself so he fell off the roof, or maybe he committed suicide?

If this rooster killed himself, this story is completely different. We have a story that is basically saying that it’s better off that a person who thinks the whole world is terrible should be dead rather than mussing up the atmosphere with their bad attitude. This is awfully unkind. People have issues and just because a person has an issue doesn’t mean they should be dead. Depression? Too much pride? Loves Justin Beiber? Whatever the case may be, none of these people deserve to be dead. Maybe they just need a bit of tempering and that comes with time, friendship, and therapy and/or medication, when needed. You don’t just say, “Well, so-and-so has such a bad attitude. They should go jump off a bridge!”

Overall

I get that it’s not good to be too prideful, but how about accepting a person for who they are?

Weigh In

What do you think about these two roosters?

Was one better than the other?

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