Fable, it's story elements, and quality characteristics
Fable is a short story. It usually has animals as characters with real life all age problems, setting is every time, and has a moral (lesson or theme about what is wise or right and wrong) as a theme.
Most famous are Aesop's Fables .
Quality characteristics by story elements
- Characters are usually animals, very few, animated, inanimate, personified or anthropomorphic (have human characteristics).
- Place is anywhere and everywhere.
- May be imaginary.
- Time is anytime or no time, but real times.
- Real life all age problems.
- Very simple, though interesting.
- Thought provoking to didactic.
- Wise message or idea implied or stated for societal or personal benefit.
- Casual every day.
- Sometimes like a parent passing on wisdom to a daughter or son or wise person to a learner.
- Events are accurate, but not necessarily real life.
- Dialog, artifacts, feelings, are from the real world and described accurately.
- Reflection of human strengths, frailities, weaknesses, or imperfections.
- Reader is lead to new insights and/or understandings.
Point of View
- Often third person narrative. However, could be first.
Arnold Lobel has some modern day fables in this illustrated book.