Many short stories, including some of "Aesop's Fables," are allegories that contain unstated moral, social or political commentaries. For instance, the result of the animals' race in "The Tortoise and the Hare" implies that some people with natural talents do not make use of them because of laziness. In addition, it illustrates that it's possible for less gifted people to achieve success through perseverance and hard work.Continue Reading
Another story from Aesop, "The Ant and the Grasshopper," shows how the insects differ in their preparations for winter. The fable teaches that hard work and vigilance help individuals succeed when challenges and struggles arise.
Children's author Dr. Seuss presents allegories in many tales. For example, in "Yertle the Turtle," the amphibian king strives for power, disregarding the plight of his subjects. This is an allegory for abusive totalitarian and autocratic governments. The overthrow of the turtle king indicates the value that freedom holds for people.
Another of Seuss' books, "The Sneetches" is an allegory about racism. The creatures in the story put differing values on whether or not they have stars on their abdomens. They eventually recognize the damage that prejudice brings.
Shel Silverstein's book, "The Giving Tree," illustrates the choices a tree makes as it gives more and more of itself to benefit another. This story provides allegories about change, decisions and sacrifices.Learn more about Literature
Inspiration stories generally include tales of random acts of kindness, individuals overcoming disparity, people rising to success in their fields, and the scientific developments and discoveries that continue to shape the human experience. Inspirational stories motivate people to make a positive change in their lives, in their communities or in the world. These stories can be fiction or nonfiction.Full Answer >
Examples of stories of courage include "Life in a Jar," the story of Irena Sendler, and "Schindler's List," the story of Oskar Schindler. Irena Sendler was a senior administrator in the Warsaw Welfare Department when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939. She began registering Jews as Christians and bringing them food and medicine after witnessing their persecution. When the Jews were sealed inside the Warsaw Ghetto, she used her credentials to make daily visits under the guise of hygiene inspections.Full Answer >
Plato's "Allegory of the Cave," George Orwell's "The Animal Farm," Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare" and Dr. Seuss' "Yertle the Turtle" are examples of famous allegories. The movies "Avatar" and "The Wizard of Oz" also have some elements of allegory.Full Answer >
Some of the most popular children's classics, such as "Aesop's Fables" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," are available for free online reading on the Library of Congress' website. Other favorite classics available on the free website include "Cinderella," "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "The Jungle Book" and "Jack and the Beanstalk."Full Answer >