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Aesop's Fables Essay

1489 words - 6 pages

Introduction:
Fables are great stories that teach lessons about life. There are many great fables that have been written, but for me I never really read any. The little bit I do know about fables are that they use personified animals as characters, and they use them to teach the readers valuable life lessons. Most of the fables that are made today are for children, and they are great for them because they are easy for kids to understand because of the fact that they use animals. But I know that the old fables have been censored because the old ones were a little too graphic for our young ones today.
If you're wondering why I chose to write a report on fables rather than the other options, my answer is simply that I don't know that much about fables. I have heard many more fairy tales and folk tales than I have fables, and I would love to research something that has a had a better impact on our lives in a positive way. So with this paper I want to explore and find out more about the famous Aesop and his great works of art. I also want figure out what makes people so attracted to fables and their lessons. I know that stories are important to us because they can give us an escape from the hardships of life, but I wonder why we like Aesop's fables so much.
The Search:
With my interest toward knowing more about Aesop and his work, I started the research. I came across a problem though, and that was where do I start. After consulting with my peers, I decided that should first start with researching about the famous writer of these fables, and that man goes by the name of Aesop. For my research of Aesop I used an online encyclopedia, but it was frustrating because it was hard to find articles with information about him or his fables. I could really only find one article, and the rest was just some random junk that the search engine gave me. Even though I only found the one article about Aesop there was a bunch of information on him and his type of fables. It was pretty fun learning about his life and where he came from. He was a very interesting person.
After learning about the author I went ahead and started reading some of his stories, and boy was that fun. Even though the stories were meant for little kids I was still enjoying each and every one of them. They did have some short movies of them but I stuck to the ones that I could read because I was a little pressed on time. They were all great stories and I could see why they were so popular, and that because they were fun. My favorite is the "Fox and the Goat", where the fox who stuck down a well tricks a goat to jump in the well so that the fox could get out, while leaving the goat behind to die. The moral for that one was to never trust the advice of someone in a difficult situation. Most of the stories were cool and simple like that one.
Even though the moral of that story was a good one there are some with weird or to simple morals. For example the "Dog in the Manger"...

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