The Moral of the Story Essay

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The Genre I choose was fables. Fables all started in remote locations and where told by word of mouth well before they were written in books. Fables have been passed down from generation to generation. So, most fables we know today have traces to generations past. Fables also give insight to past customs, old traditions, beliefs, customs and rites. Fables are generally short stories in prose or verse which tell the story of animals, people or things. Many fables take animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects or force of nature and given them human characteristics and qualities. The tortoise and the hare by Aesop is a prime example. The plot is very short and to the point. The plot usually unfolds very quickly. Many fables…show more content…
Animals also have symbols and hidden meanings. Lions are usually used to symbolize strength and egotism. A Donkey symbolizes stupidity, stubbornness and laziness. A fox symbolizes slyness and trickery. A hawk symbolizes tyrant. A wolf symbolizes greed, death, dishonesty and loyalty. An owl symbolizes wisdom. A hen or cock symbolizes conceit. A lamb symbolizes innocents, purity, virginity, shyness and some one or something that is a follower. There are a lot of fabulists both contemporary and modern. The primary two fabulists I am going to discuss are Aesop and Dr. Seuss. Aesop is considered to have authored many fables. Aesop although he became famous across the ancient world as the teller of fables he did not create the genre. The earliest know story which had talking animals is the fable of the hawk and the nightingale for Hesiod. This fable was author lived three centuries before Aesop. There is debate that if Aesop actually wrote his fables. The Aesop Romance claims that he wrote them down and deposited them into the library of Croesus yet no writings of his have survived. Aesop work was later transmitted by a series of later authors into Greek and Latin. Demetrius of Phalerum made a collection of ten books which was mostly likely written in prose for the purpose of it being orated this too has been lost. The next addition was in elegiac verse which was cited by the Suda. The author of this is unknown. Phaedrus
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