The moral of a story is a lesson that is taught within the context of a tale, often using an analogy. In general, stories with morals are found in children's literature or, for adults, inspirational and motivational tales.Continue Reading
The most famous morality tales are Aesop's Fables, a collection of very short children's stories teaching moral lessons that are explicitly stated at the end in a maxim. Many of Aesop's maxims have passed into common usage, such as "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."
In adult literature, it's more common to find parables teaching morals. While fables use animals with human-like characteristics and inanimate objects as their story actors, parables exclude anthropomorphized characters. This is a relatively recent distinction, and many older parables do not follow this rule.Learn more about Literary Writing
The fundamental message of a novel, story, or poem is the "theme," and may be stated directly, or implied, meaning readers must determine the theme by context. The overall meaning of the text is that which readers can apply to life.Full Answer >
Setting establishes the context of a story through time, place and social environment. In literature, the setting plays a key role in creating the mood of a story or scene. It tells the reader where, when and under what circumstances the story is taking place.Full Answer >
Some good examples of analogies include: "She is as light as a feather," "You're as sweet as sugar," "She drowned in a sea of grief" and "She is skating on thin ice." Analogies are literary devices that show a relationship between two things based on similarities.Full Answer >
In a drama, stimuli are resources that are used to establish the context, focus and purpose of the dramatic topic being presented. Materials used as stimuli can be visual or aural in nature and can represent various genres and forms of either Western theater or theater traditions from other cultures. Different forms of stimuli include music, moving images and film clips, as well as various forms of literature.Full Answer >