A fable is a fictional story that features animals, plants, mythical creatures, inanimate objects or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized, and that illustrates or leads to an interpretation of a moral lesson or point.
Fables are all around us. They were told to us as kids and we repeat them as adults. Fables have been modified over time. Hansel and Gretel were transformed from helpless children to witch hunters with weapons and skills in a recent Hollywood movie. Fables are flexible that way.
In this exercise I want you to take at least 15 minutes to write your own fable. It could be a fictionalized version of your life where suddenly your basil plant can talk to you, or your cat is a runway model. It could be a modernized version of a more traditional fable, or it could be something completely new about a talking tree and a talking car that fall in love.
Ultimately the contents are up to you. Your story just has to involve traditional myth elements, including a moral, of some sort.
Aesops Fables were written by a Greek storyteller who lived over 2000 years ago. His stories had a moral, or lesson, to be learned.
Select one of Aesops Fables by clicking on the link below. It will take you to a menu of stories. You will find two versions of the story, one traditional, the other modern. Read both and think about how the story and lesson to be learned compares in both.
Briefly retell the story (in your own words), what you liked about it, and the lesson it teaches. Draw a connection between the fable that you chose, and your own life experiences. Tell how observing the morals of this particular story could help you be a better person.
Challenge Prompt - Many of the fables attributed to Aesop were probably written by other people, but they all have the same literary style and purpose. After reading several of the fables, try your hand at writing a fable of your own, using animal characters in the starring roles and leaving a moral to be learned at the end.