By Nick Sriperumbudur

What Is A Fable?

A Fable is a fictional story that has a story with a deeper moral/lesson to it. The characters in fables are usually animals, and teach a lesson on a certain topic.

Is it not the same thing as a Parable?


Parables exclude most living things, and the characters are supposed to be compared to human beings.


  • The Ants and the Grasshopper - In this fable, the ants saved food for the winter and the grasshopper did not. The moral is “It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.”
  • Bee-Keeper and the Bees - While a beekeeper was away, someone stole the honey. When the bees returned, they started stinging the beekeeper. He called them ungrateful because they let someone steal the honey and then attacked the person who looked after them. The moral is, "Things are not always what they seem."

Your turn!

Think of an old moral and come up with a fable to go along with it. Good job! You are now an expert at fable stuff!