Psychopathy in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Reynard the Fox” Fable

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“In the beginning of Goethe’sReynard the Fox” – also known as “The Story of Reynard” – the animals complain to their king, the lion, about Reineke (“Reynard”.) Henning the rooster’s daughter, Kratzefuß (“Scratchfoot”) was brutally slain and they all agree that Reineke must be the culprit.
The king sends Braun (“Brown”) the bear to apprehend him but Braun loses two paws and half his head when encountering Reineke.
After that the king sends Hinze (“Tom”) the tomcat, who returns after almost having been strangled to death by Reineke.
Lastly, Grimbart (“Grim Beard”/”Beard Mask”) the badger makes his way to Reineke’s lair and manages to convince the fox to follow him to the king’s court.
Upon facing the king for his crime, Reineke begins to weep and confesses initially, begging for forgiveness. But in the next sentence he basically takes these pleas of guilt and remorse back by accusing the king of not cherishing him enough.
Does he not know all the things, among them his position and power, that he owes to him, Reineke?
He continues to address the rest of the animals present, accusing them of trying to frame him due to being jealous of him, his wits, the life he has created for himself. Finally, he turns to the children in the crowd, telling them how much he wishes they will turn out just like him, the pure-hearted and well-intentioned, yet constantly misunderstood character.
The king and audience, deeply moved by Reineke’s words, allow him to leave.”



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