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Spring 2011 Week 2: Fables and Parables
Week One extra question:
Which people in Chinese history does the story
of “Independence” refer to?
of Questions for Discussion: 1
“The North Wind and the Sun”
1. Why was the North Wind’s method unsuccessful?
What are the different personalities of the North
Wind and the Sun?
2. How would you like your mom’s way of talking to
you if she is going to correct your wrongdoings?
3. If we compare the three characters in the story to a
nuclear family, what might these three stand for
4. What might be the closing moral ( O ) of this story?
of Questions for Discussion: 2
1. What does this story tell us about the
protagonist Chuang Tzu’s personality?
2. Does it serve any purpose that Chuang Tzu
makes the officials answer the questions to
which he knows the answer?
3. How will you explain the significance of
“unrestraint and independence” (or O‡ ¶
to a kid?
to Questions for Discussion: 3
1. If you were the older brother, how would you
have felt? Why?
2. The older brother has made a very reasonable
complaint to his father. He has indeed been a
loyal and moral son, but what virtue does the
older brother lack?
Note: Come to the instructor if you have
problem with your question.
problem O Get online for assignment of questions Ð¨ â ¶ ª. Ðé » D àÆ » D Open-book ID choice questions Tales: Features
Features A story, usually short, that sets forth
strange and wonderful events in more or
less bare summary, without detailed
character-drawing The goal is the revelation of the marvelous
rather than revelation of character.
Fables definition: a brief story that sets forth some
pointed ( è È ž ³ s ¶ ª ¶ ª . .
) statement of truth.
pointed ‡ Aesop ( È ³
BCE) ): the Greek slave (6th century
): Fables: Features
Features Personification È ³ ‡
(ex. talking animals or supernatural beings)
(ex. Aesop: the Greek slave (6th century BCE) Brief Characters often sketched, not greatly
Terms BCE (in place of BC): Before Common Era
(BC--Before CE (in place of AD): Common Era (AD—
Anno Domini: the Year of Our Lord) Parables: Features 1
Features Like the fable, a parable is a brief narrative
that teaches a moral, but unlike the fable,
its plot is plausibly realistic and the main
character are human rather than
anthropomorphized ( ˆ È ë ³ t ‡ ¶ ª .
animals or natural forces.
animals Parables: Features 2
Features Difference from the fable:
A fable customarily ends by explicitly
stating its moral, but parables often present
their morals implicitly, and their meanings
can be open to several interpretations.
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This note was uploaded on 06/15/2011 for the course FIN 355 taught by Professor Tang during the Spring '10 term at Aachen University of Applied Sciences.
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