Fable - description of story elements and quality characteristics

Characters, plot, setting, theme, events, real life all ages problems based on real life events, setting is every time.

Story Elements


  • Characters are very few animated, inanimate or personified.


  • Place is anywhere and everywhere.
  • May be imaginary.
  • Time is anytime or no time, but real times.


  • Very simple, though interesting.
  • Thought provoking to didactic.


  • Moral or message 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 child.
  • Events are accurate, but don't 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. Could be first.

Quality Characteristics



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