What is a Fable?


The word “fable” comes from the Latin “fabula” means a “story”, itself derived from “fari” means “to speak” with the -ula suffix that signifies “little” in other word it is a “little story”.


An author of fables is termed a “fabulist,” and the word “fabulous,” strictly speaking, “pertains to a fable or fables.” In recent decades, however, “fabulous” has come frequently to be used in the quite different meaning of “excellent” or “outstanding”.




A fable is a short, pithy animal tale, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature most often told or written with a moral tagged in the form of a proverb which are anthropomorphized (given human qualities), and that illustrates a moral lesson (a “moral”), which may at the end be expressed explicitly in a pithy maxim.




A fable differs from a parable in that the latter excludes animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as actors that assume speech and other powers of humankind.




Fables… click the pictures below



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