Parables vs Fables

parable-vs-fableEach has a specific manner that is used in getting a message to the reader. There are motives to these stories. Let’s run through a few points that can help separate the proper usage of each of these.

Parables use language with an intent to convey a hidden message or secret meaning that is not contained in the words themselves. The use of human characters is most common in parables. Characters are faced with a moral dilemma and then receive a consequence for their actions. Parables suggest how a person should behave or believe. As an example, Religions use the parable to explain their beliefs. A parable is like a metaphor in that it uses concrete methods to illustrate abstract ideas. It could be said that a parable is a metaphor that has been extended to form a brief fiction. Some are believed to be based on truth. Parables give guidance to the young and old.

Here are some examples to better understand. Parables

Fables are a short narrative also used to convey a hidden meaning. The language in the story is not as responsible for carrying the message as much as the actions of the characters. The author will use fictitious characters usually from nature and will give them human characteristics. The lesson is delivered without the reader feeling instructed and gains greater acceptance by the reader. An author of Fables plays an important role in examining morals and virtue in a lighthearted guise and gives instruction of the use of proper etiquette.

Hidden lessons within writings should define one simple action and be interwoven into the narration that readers will all conceive the same interpretation. The use of characters should adhere to excepted universal qualities. A Fox is cunning or a Hare is timid. The characters should have the passions of humans but retain their own special features. Fables are fictions that tell the truth and are often written to appeal to children.

Aesop was a fabulist from 600 B.C. Reading his works can give you a feel for writing this type of story. Interested? Here’s a good one. The Crow and the Pitcher

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Robert Hatfield hails from mid-western Ohio. Comedy and Adventure stories are his passion. Editing and Reviewing are the fields of work he enjoys. Writing has been an interest for the past 25 years and he now has the time to pursue it. As a Moderator on, he welcomes any questions or requests for help.

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