View: Aesop’s Fables


In its strict sense a fable is a short story or folk tale with a moral at the end. It often, but not necessarily, makes metaphorical use of an animal as its central character. In some cases usage the term has been extended to include stories with mythical or legendary elements. An author of fables is a fabulist. The word fabulous strictly means pertaining to fables, although in recent decades its metaphorical meanings have been taken to be literal meanings

Notable fabulists:

Berechiah ha-Nakdan (1200s Jewish author, Berechiah the Punctuator)
Jean de La Fontaine
Ivan Krylov
Marie de France

Notable fables

Stone Soup
The Little Engine that Could
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Watership Down
The Lion King

 his is the “Fable” reference article from the English Wikipedia. All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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