The Blind Men and The Elephant

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Blindmen and the Elephant, Blind Men, Elephant

 

 

 

 

Characters:

Boy

Blind man 1

Blind man 2

Blind man 3

Blind man 4

Blind man 5

Blind man 6

Guide


SCRIPT:


Setting:  Somewhere in Asia where an elephant is passing by.


Boy: (enters stage running and yelling). An elephant!  Everybody, come see it, it´s coming, it´s coming.  Everybody come out, come and see the elephant…  An elephant!


(the blind men enter stage walking slowly with their cranes).


Blind man 1: I don´t know how an elephant looks like.


Blind man 2: Me neither.


Blind man 3: Me neither.


Blind man 4: I would like to know how an elephant looks like.


Blind man 5: Let´s wait so we can touch it.


Blind man 6: We will touch it with our own hands.  Our fingers are our eyes.


Guide: (enters with the elephant).  Excuse me, ladies and gentlemen, this big elephant needs to walk through here.  Be careful.


Blind man 1: (walking) Good man, please let this poor blind men touch your elephant.  We want to know how it looks like.


Guide: OK.  Get near one by one.  He´s not dangerous.  Don´t be afraid.


Blind man 1: (touches the elephant´s body).  Mmmm, I can see:  The elephant is like a rough wall.


Blind man 2: (touches the elephan´s leg).  No, you are wrong.  The elephant is like a tree.


Blind man 3: That´s a lie, that´s a lie!   My hands tell me clearly that the elephant is like a spear.


Blind man 4: You are completely wrong.  I also touched it and I am sure that it´s like a hand fan, and my fingers don`t lie to me.


Blind man 5: Nobody lies to me.  The elephant looks like a snake.


Blind man 6: None of you know how an elephant looks like!  I think that the elephant looks like a rope to tie packages.


Blind man 1: How do you dare to insult me?  I am sure that it looks like a wall.


Blind man 2: I am telling you that it looks like a tree.


Blind man 5: No, it´s like a snake.


Blind man 3: Snake?  Not at all!  I am sure it looks like a spear.


Blind man 4: It`s a lie.  It looks like a hand fan.


Blind man 6: It´s a rope!  It´s a rope!


(the blind men start fighting with each other.  There´s great confusion and everybody is talking at the same time).


Blind man 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6: No one will say that I am wrong… Take this!  Ouch, ouch… but I am right….  It´s a rope…  It´s a wall… It´s a spear… No, I am telling you that it´s a hand fan…  A tree, it´s a tree…  Who hit me?  Ouch, my back!


Guide: Calm down, calm down!  Be quiet!  Listen… listen…  I will explain everything.


(there`s silence in stage)


Blind Men 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 : Why? …Why?


Guide: (gets into the elephant) Because each of you only touched a part of the elephant. The one who touched the body thought it was a wall.  The one who touched the leg thought it was a tree.  The one who touched the tusk imagined a spear.  The one who felt the ear tought it was a hand fan.  The one who touched the trunk remembered the snake, and the shortest one, that only could touch the tail, was sure that the elephant was like a rope.


Blind man 5: Now I understand.  Yes, that´s what happened and we all got angry.


Guide: You got so angry that you started fighting with each other.


Blind man 1: We behaved like fools.


Blind man 2: We were wrong.


Blind man 3: We got so furious.


Blind man 4: Because all of us thought we were right.


Blind man 5: But none was.


Blind man 6: Instead of trying to understand.


Guide: Of course, to know the truth we have to know every part.


Blind man 1: We thank you, and the elephant too, for teaching us that it´s better to agree with each other and try to know the truth.  Now we know that reality is different depending on how we see it.


Blind man 2: Let´s be friends again.


Blind man 3: Let´s get to know the elephant.


(The blind men walk around the elephant touching it at the same time).


The End.


American poet John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) based this poem, on a fable that was told in India many years ago.


Author:  A Fable from India


Moral: there may be some truth to what someone says.


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