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A Fable also a short fictitious narrative consists of an analogy of cartain events of the animal world with those of the human world in beast fables animals talk and act like the human types they represent it generally exemplifies a moral thesis or a principle of human behaviour The Buddha Jataka   contains many fables here follows an example taken from aesop 's fables:

A dog crossing little rivulet with a piece of flesh in his mouth saw his own  shadow represented in the clear mirror of the limpid stream ; and believing it to be another piece of flesh he could not forbear catching at it but was so far from getting anything by his greedy design that he dropt the piece he had in his mouth which immediately sunk  to the bottom  and was irrecoverably lost


Allegory parable and fable : The differences of these figures lit in the following :(a) an allegory is more lengthy than either a parable or a fable ; (b) the characters in an allegory are usually personifications of some abstract qualities while those in a parable are ordinary human beings and those in a fable are human  beings or animals or even inanimate  things ; and (c) the teaching of a parable is spiritual or moral while that of an of a fable is the inculcation of some practical wisdom or shrewdness


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