their own life cycle. Stories that were once true and potent grow old and
infirm, and eventually they die. Today this is happening to some of our deepest
stories, the great myths of our
civilization. In particular, two related stories have created the world we
know today, and both of them are nearing their end.
The first of these world-creating stories is the
Story of Ascent. It is
our story of the people. It says the humanity has risen from a state of nature,
a state of scientific ignorance and technological impotence, to becoming
nature's lords and masters. We have harnessed natural forces, penetrated the
mysteries of the universe, overcome natural limitations with technology.
Someday, says the story, our understanding and control will be
complete, thanks to nanotechnology, space travel, infinite energy, social and
genetic engineering, etc. Humanity: conquerors of nature, onward and upward
defining story of our civilization is our Story of Self: that
we are discrete and separate beings living
in an objective universe. You and I are separate - mutually dependent,
perhaps, in a practical way, but independent of each other or anyone else for
our basic being-ness. From the selfish gene of biology to the rational actor of
economics to the flesh-encapsulated soul of religion, all of our ideologies are
aligned with our story of self. And, from the medical system to the criminal
justice system to the money system, all of our social institutions enact it.
Both of these defining stories are crumbling around us. Neither is true
any more. Few people today greet the
Story of Ascent with
the same near-universal fervor of, say, the 1950s, as all the promises of
technotopia (the end of disease, unlimited energy, a leisure society, space
colonies) fade into legend. Collapse, not
ascent, is the new meme, and this collapse ushers
in new realization of connectedness, of interdependency, and along with it the
end of the story of the discrete and separate
self. The independent, unencumbered man of reason no longer beckons as an
ideal: we crave now community, intimacy and connection." -
a fable is defined as:a
a deliberately improbable
a tale of legendary
a tale told to excite wonder;
an imaginative tale, intended to instruct and
a short mythical narrative of
moral tale (often with animal characters);
a short moral narrative making an edifying
or cautionary point;
a connected series of events, forming the
subject of an epic or dramatic poem.
a fictitious narration often
employing animal characters that
speak and act like humans
intended to enforce some useful truth
In the New Testament a
fable is defined as the traditions and speculations, "cunningly devised
fables", of the Hebrews on
religious questions (1 Tim. 1:4; 4:7; 2
Tim. 4:4; Titus 1:14; 2 Pet. 1:16). In such passages the word fable means
anything false and unreal. But the word fable is used as
almost equivalent to parable. Thus
we have (1) the fable of Jotham, in which the trees are spoken of as choosing a
king (Judg. 9:8-15); and (2) that of the
cedars of Lebanon and the thistle
as Jehoash's answer to Amaziah (2 Kings
a tale or fairy tale is defined as:a short narrative;
common talk with a central
a rumor or piece of gossip, often malicious or untrue;
narrative that relates the details of some real or imaginary event or
incident., or case
an incredible or misleading fable for children using
fantastic accounts to create desired behavior.
Aesop was a storyteller and
lived in ancient Greece around 300
BC. Many of his fables feature animals as main characters, facing the same
situations humans face everyday. Aesop's
fables showed how a human problem can be solved or how a human lesson is
learned. They typically dealt with
emotions such as jealousy, laziness, and lying and were designed for the
enlightenment and amusement of children as a stepping stone to
the Greek pantehon of gods.
Hans Christian Anderson, who lived in
Denmark in the 19th century, as a child was considered ugly and had very few
friends. As a 'loner' he read quite a
bit and dreamed even more. At 14 years of age
Hans moved to Copenhagen and tried
his hand as an actor when his father died. At the age of 30, he decided to
write down the tales he had been concocting and telling to children across the
countryside to pay for his travels. These tales, such as "The Princess and the
Pea", "The Emperor's New Clothes" and
"The Ugly Duckling" became treasured classical moral fables told to all of the
Creator and Sustainer's children.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were brothers who
lived in Germany in the 19th century.
After their parents died, the brothers traveled around the country and gathered
tales from the local inhabitants. Upon the publication of the tales they had
gathered, the brothers became famous. Included in their collection of
stories are "The Wolf
and the Fox", "Hansel and Gretel"and "Snow White and the Seven
The fables of Aesop,
Hans Christian Anderson and
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm became
intertwined within Western culture, enriching and enhancing lives with
entertaining fables bearing lessons.
a narrative of mythical
a collection of related narrative stories
a romanticized or
one that inspires
legends or achieves legendary fame
a story regarding humans of a
marvelous nature - avatars
an unverified historical
narrative unsubstantiated by the historical record that may or may not be
originally based on a fable or myth
inscription on an object such as a coin
brief image description
accompanying an illustration
explanatory table or list of the symbols appearing on a map or chart.
An inscription, motto, or title, esp. one surrounding the field in a
medal or coin,
or placed upon an heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or
Legend has it
that there was a queen named Scheherazade who had been captured and
sentenced to death by the Sultan
Schahriah of Arabia. In order to save her life she told him tales of
intrigue and adventure, stopping at the most exciting part, so he would have to
keep her alive for one more night to
hear the ending of the fable.
legebd states that after 1,001 nights, the Sultan granted her freedom and she
became his wife. She then recorded the fables so all could enjoy them. These
fables included 'Sinbad the Sailor', 'Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves', 'The
Barber's story of his First Brother', 'The story of the Husband and the Parrot'
and 'Aladdin and the Magic
Legend comes from the Latin adjective legenda, "for
reading, to be
read," which referred only to
written narratives, not to traditional tales
transmitted orally from generation to generation. This restriction also
applied to the English word legend when it was first used in the late 14th
century in reference to written accounts of saints' lives, but ever since the
15th century legend has been used to refer to traditional narrative myths as
well. Today a legend can also be an individual or achievement worthy of
inspiring such a story.
Anyone or anything whose fame promises to be
enduring, even if the renown is created more by the
mass media than by Oral
Tradition. Thus we speak of
the legendary accomplishments of a major-league baseball star or the
legendary voice of a famous opera
singer. This usage is common journalistic hyperbole, and 55 percent of the
Usage Panel accepts it.
a story is
a trivial lie
a short story
a short account of
material for literary
or journalistic treatment
a news article or
information regarding something
narrative description of past
the plot of a narrative or dramatic
a euphemism or
child's word for a lie
prose or verse narrative intended to interest or amuse the
hearer or reader
A narration, account, report or
recital of regarding the facts of an
event or a series of past events, either true or fictitious.
A complete horizontal division of a
building, constituting the area between two adjacent levels.
The set of
rooms on the same level of a building as a floor, or the space between two
A horizontal division of a building's exterior considered
architecturally, which need not correspond exactly with the stories
within, also written storey.
A story is the distance from one floor to another; as, a story of nine
or ten feet in elevation. The spaces between floors are numbered in order, from
below upward; as, the lower, second, or third story; a house of one story or of
two stories or a building of five stories.
reads a novel for pleasure or instruction takes an interest in both the closed
fictional reality of that novel and in the ways the book provides models or
examples of the kind of life that a reader might or might not chose to
live. Novels are not written to be
read objectively or dispassionately, as if by some nonhuman intelligence. A
reader who identifies with the characters in a novel is not reacting in some
naive way that ought to be outgrown or transcended, but is performing one of the
central acts of literary understanding." - Edward Mendelson
There are seven basic plots that
tell the human tale.
Tales have been historically told to relate
experience to those without it.
The first and most basic plot is overcoming the
hero on behalf of a community sets out to
overcome some monstrosity.
The malevolent monster personifies the dark
power of the human ego.
overshadow the disregarded
hero or heroine
of the second type of plot which involves a Rags to
The hero or
heroine is eventually revealed as someone
exceptional and the
story usually ends on the image of a man and woman
united in perfect compassion.
A third plot, The Quest, centers
on the battle of a hero
and his companions
to reach some far-off and priceless goal.
In the end the power of darkness is overcome,
the treasure is secured
and the kingdom is established.
Again we often see the
hero united with the woman he loves.
The fourth plot is based on a
Journey and Return.
The heros or
drop out of their familiar
world into an abnormal world.
Its strangeness, at first exhilarating,
gradually turns to nightmare until,
in a final thrilling
return to where they began.
A fifth plot is that of Comedy.
Typically this is about the
confusion that keeps a
hero and heroine apart.
misunderstanding is resolved as darkness gives way to
hero and heroine are united and
live happily ever after.
essence of Tragedy is that it shows us what happens when
heros or heroines pass under the spell of the
dark power of the
Initially they enjoy
dreamlike success but gradually
dream turns into nightmare and they are
The seventh and last plot is Rebirth.
A hero or
heroine is imprisoned by the
egotistical power in a state of Zombism,
similar to the living death that
all who strive endlessly for material possessions.
hero or heroine
is liberated by
someredeeming figure to end
yet again on an
life and compassion over
death and separation.
Understanding how each of these plots
work is the gateway to unraveling the
mystery of how stories work, and why we tell
them. Great archetypal
patterns shape our instinctive drive to
create and follow stories.
myths and fables that survive the centuries all follow one of
the seven basic patterns of Overcoming
the Monster, Rags to Riches, the Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy or
that resonates with all humankind is the
archetypical image of a man and a woman, masculine and
feminine, brought together in perfect compassion with the light triumphing over
darkness, which is still the most
completely resolved happy ending to any story, legend,
myth or fable.
to represent by
A simple story illustrating a moral or religious lesson.
moral story often with
animal characters as in
A placing beside; a comparison; equivalent to the Hebrew
mashal, a similitude.
A saying or story in which
something is expressed in terms of something
A short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach
some truth, religious principle, or
A statement or comment
that conveys a meaning indirectly by the use of comparison, analogy,
metaphor or the like.
fictitious narrative of something which might really occur in life or
nature, by means of which a moral is drawn.
In a more restricted sense, a comparison of earthly with heavenly
things, "an earthly story with a heavenly heavenly,"
as in the parables of Jesus.
by parables has been in use from before recorded
myth A fictitious
story, individual, or thing.
considered as a group.
A fiction or
half-truth, especially one that forms part of an
A traditional story
accepted as history; serves to explain the worldview of a person.
or thing existing only in imagination, or whose
actual existence is not verifiable.
A popular belief or story that has
become associated with a individual, institution, or occurrence, especially one
considered to illustrate a cultural ideal.
traditional, typically ancient story dealing with
ancestors, or heroes that serves as a
fundamental type in the worldview of a
person, as by explaining aspects of the natural Earth or
psychology, customs, or ideals of
A story of great but unknown age which
originally embodied a belief regarding some
phenomenon of experience, and
in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; an ancient
legend of a god, a hero, the
origin of a race, etc.; a wonder story of prehistoric
origin; a popular fable
which is, or has been, received as historical.
"There is intrinsic value in our myths, and if our
children studied them earnestly, they would see elements common to all myths
and cultures. They would learn that the
Babylonians had many
creation myths and that the most famous one was not about
Marduk but about a
garden, the first garden:
the Judeo-Christian biblical creation myth has its roots in
Babylonian myth."- Denise
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