What is a fable?

Short Story

A fable is a special kind of short story made up to teach a lesson.  Fables are often about animals who can talk and act like people.

The lesson to be learned is usually made clear in the end by what one of the animals wisely says. Many fables are many hundreds of years old.

Among the best-known fables are those by Aesop.  Aesop is believed to have been a slave in ancient Greece and a skillful storyteller.  His stories are simple moral lessons.

Nearly everyone knows Aesop’s fable, “The Lion and the Mouse.”  A mouse persuades a lion not to kill him.  Later the lion is captured and tied up by hunters.  The mouse frees the lion by gnawing away the ropes.

The lesson to be learned in this fable is: “Little friends may prove to be valuable friends.”  Today some fables are written in the form of newspaper comic strips.–Dick Rogers

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