The Elephant Rope

The Elephant Rope

Madyson Tate

A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp, and he spotted that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains.

All that was holding them back from escaping the camp, was a small piece of rope tied to one of their legs

As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. They could easily have done so, but instead, they didn’t try to at all.

Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked a trainer nearby why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape.

The trainer replied; “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

 The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was that over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t poss


No matter how much the world tries to hold you back, always continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible. Believing you can become successful is the most important step in actually achieving it.


I interviewed Ali Ramos. In the story about the elephants being held by one tiny rope, this story goes to show you that anything you believe is possible, but yet do not let anything hold you back. As Ali stated “It is very important to believe in yourself and break through any barriers to succeed.” These elephants have been brainwashed to believe this rope will hold them back from being freed. However, we all know that all they would have to do is try one time and they would break the rope in two. Believing in yourself is the most important thing you can do. You only get one chance at life. Don’t let a tiny rope hold you back. You can do anything you set your mind to.