Narrative Structure Resit – Fiction Research 2

Now that I know which option I am going to be doing a animated short on, I will have to research into it more. Since I chose the Aesop’s Fables I will have to research which fable will be a suitable story-line for this animated short but first I think some basic information into the actual fables and their Author might be required:

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The Aesop’s Fables are a collection of fables that teach lessons within the stories and are believed to be written by a slave and story teller called Aesop between 620 – 564 BC. A 1st Century Philosopher called Appollonius of Tyana stated that the Aesop’s Fables “Like those who dine well off the plainest dishes, he made use of humble incidents to teach great truths, and after serving up a story he adds to it the advice to do a thing or not to do it.” Plato another Ancient Greek Philosopher wrote in Phaedo when he read the Fables, that the morals of the tales with in the Fables often would contradict each other and came to the conclusion that Aesop didn’t create all of them, and just like the tales much of the stories of Aesop’s life was contradicted quite a lot. The Fables have been translated into several different language and are well known across the globe.

This is one of the many reason why I chose to do the Aesop’s Fables as my animated short due to the fact that not only are there a wide range of fictional tales to choose from that are all each unique but they also teach the reader a lesson. Just like Apollonius stated the fables tell a humble tale filled with truths that regardless of ones back ground will be affected by and in the end all that read these tales are taught a lesson. Another reason why I chose these tales as my animated short project is because the tales are so colorful and effective in their nature that they are great idea for this sort of project. While there are multiple Narratives within the actual Fables such as the Tale of the Tortoise and the Hare, the Narrative of the stories are all well done and effective at getting their points across to the target audience as well as been very clear to understand. The Narrative of these stories are shown in various ways within the fables, such as the way the story is actual written.If we are going by the original written version of the Fables, the illustrations within other version i.e. the book cover above or the actual lessons at the end of the tale are the actual narrative of the story. Either way the Narrative within the Aesop’s Fable are always beautifully done and get the point, which Aesop was aiming for.

Examples of Aesop’s Fables:

The Tortoise and The Hare:

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The Tale of the Tortoise and The Hare, is probably one of the more famous tales from Aesop’s Fables due to the fact that almost every child is taught it from a young age at school, since it is seen holding the most educational value.

There once was a speedy hare who bragged about how fast he could run. Tired of hearing him boast, Slow and Steady, the tortoise, challenged him to a race. All the animals in the forest gathered to watch.

Hare ran down the road for a while and then and paused to rest. He looked back at Slow and Steady and cried out, “How do you expect to win this race when you are walking along at your slow, slow pace?”

Hare stretched himself out alongside the road and fell asleep, thinking, “There is plenty of time to relax.”

Slow and Steady walked and walked. He never, ever stopped until he came to the finish line.

The animals who were watching cheered so loudly for Tortoise, they woke up Hare.

Hare stretched and yawned and began to run again, but it was too late. Tortoise was over the line.

After that, Hare always reminded himself, “Don’t brag about your lightning pace, for Slow and Steady won the race!”

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The Narrative of this story while fairly basic since it is a Child’s Fable, is still very enjoyable to hear and gets the moral point across to all ages. Although it is up reader to understand and use the said moral point. I myself have always found this story to be enjoyable even as I have got older and from a young age I have always understood the moral point of this fable. The reason I have chosen this fable as one of my possible fictional narrative  choices is because this tale is not only a classic but it is also a good story that draws in the attention of the audience really easily. The down fall with Narrative is that it used quite a bit for most forms of media so unfortunately I will most likely not be using this for my animated short due to this factor. While the Narrative Structure of this Fable is very long, that is the general idea for this tale since the moral lesson actually is Slow and Steady wins the Race, it makes sense for the written form of the Narrative Structure to be quite long to fit how the story is actual told. Personally I think that this works really well as a form of Narrative Structure for this story instead of jumping straight to the point. Which in my personal view would contradict the point actually been made, about taking it slow is sometimes the best option in a situation.

The Ant and The Chrysalis:

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One of the least common told tales from Aesop’s Fables, although the story is a very interesting one.

The Ant and the Chrysalis An Ant nimbly running about in the sunshine in search of food came across a Chrysalis that was very near its time of change. The Chrysalis moved its tail, and thus attracted the attention of the Ant, who then saw for the first time that it was alive.

“Poor, pitiable animal!” cried the Ant disdainfully. “What a sad fate is yours! While I can run hither and thither, at my pleasure, and, if I wish, ascend the tallest tree, you lie imprisoned here in your shell, with power only to move a joint or two of your scaly tail.

” The Chrysalis heard all this, but did not try to make any reply. A few days after, when the Ant passed that way again, nothing but the shell remained.

Wondering what had become of its contents, he felt himself suddenly shaded and fanned by the gorgeous wings of a beautiful Butterfly. “Behold in me,” said the Butterfly, “your much-pitied friend! Boast now of your powers to run and climb as long as you can get me to listen.”

So saying, the Butterfly rose in the air, and, borne along and aloft on the summer breeze, was soon lost to the sight of the Ant forever.

“Appearances are deceptive.”

The Narrative of this Aesop Fable is quite peculiar but that is what makes it interesting. The actual way the story is written, the moral lesson at the end makes perfect sense. This is because while most of Aesop’s Fables have stories that are quite easy to help point out the moral lesson straight away, there are few exceptions to this rule, the narrative of this story been one of them. There are others like this like the Tale of The Eagle and The Jackdaw which is a tale about vanity. While the Narrative of this story is extremely interesting I think personally that this rather bland in the sense that, it involves an Ant talking to a Chrysalis about how superior he is to the Chrysalis because of their appearances and in the end he is proven wrong. So I will not be using this tale from the Aesop’s Fables, unfortunately. Another reason I think this fable would be inappropriate for the fictional short animation is that, the actual moral lesson at the end of the fable “Appearances are deceptive.” (Which in it’s self is a form of Narrative Structure) is really over used due to the fact that in almost every form of fiction or even factual media this is used most often in war or spy films e.g. James Bond’s Gadget and Bond will say something on the lines of Appearances are deceiving. Another reason why I feel that this tale is not the right choice for this fictional animated short even though it has it’s good points such as telling one to be careful with judging appearances of others, the tale is rather bland in the sense that it isn’t exactly exiting like the rest of the tales that can be found in the Aesop’s Fables e.g. The Hawk and the Jackdaw.   

The Fox and the Goat:

This is a fairly common used Aesop Fable in the education due to the fact that it teaches a very important lesson to the reader, so a lot of teachers use this story to teach kids in their younger years important lessons.

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A FOX one day fell into a deep well and could find no means of escape. A Goat, overcome with thirst, came to the same well, and seeing the Fox, inquired if the water was good.

Concealing his sad plight under a merry guise, the Fox indulged in a lavish praise of the water, saying it was excellent beyond measure, and encouraging him to descend.

The Goat, mindful only of his thirst, thoughtlessly jumped down, but just as he drank, the Fox informed him of the difficulty they were both in and suggested a scheme for their common escape.

“If,” said he, “you will place your forefeet upon the wall and bend your head, I will run up your back and escape, and will help you out afterwards.

” The Goat readily assented and the Fox leaped upon his back. Steadying himself with the Goat’s horns, he safely reached the mouth of the well and made off as fast as he could.

When the Goat upbraided him for breaking his promise, he turned around and cried out, “You foolish old fellow! If you had as many brains in your head as you have hairs in your beard, you would never have gone down before you had inspected the way up, nor have exposed yourself to dangers from which you had no means of escape.”

Look before you leap.

The Narrative of this story is certainly different from most other stories that you see, mainly because it uses animals like all of the Aesop’s Fables but unlike the others it seems to focus more on the actual personalities of the characters than the actual story in this fable. This is most likely due to the fact that the personalities of this story are actual the Narrative of this fable, the reason for this is that the fox is cunning and conniving. Once he has fallen in the well, the only way out is a kind but slightly clueless sheep. The Fox uses his cunning to fool the sheep into getting in the well to help him get out, but the sheep fails to see a way out for himself but still helps the fox anyway. The very characteristics of the character drive this stories narrative and that’s what makes this tale quite special. I might use this tale for my actual animation but there a few factors within this that might prevent this for happening, such as while the way the story is told is quite interesting it is also quite predictable in the sense that often in stories the fox is obviously the bad guy, because of him been a predator that is depicted as sinister and always hungry. Personally I do like this tale, but I believe that it is actually used a bit too much for me to use in my own project. The narrative is very predictable unlike most of the the other fables produced by Aesop.

The Ass and His Driver:

This is another less well known Aesop Fable, which has caught my eye.

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An Ass was being driven along a road leading down the mountain side, when he suddenly took it into his silly head to choose his own path. He could see his stall at the foot of the mountain, and to him the quickest way down seemed to be over the edge of the nearest cliff.

Just as he was about to leap over, his master caught him by the tail and tried to pull him back, but the stubborn Ass would not yield and pulled with all his might.

“Very well,” said his master, “go your way, you willful beast, and see where it leads you.”

With that he let go, and the foolish Ass tumbled head over heels down the mountain side.

They who will not listen to reason but stubbornly go their own way against the friendly advice of those who are wiser than they, are on the road to misfortune.

The Narrative within this fable is very interesting, which is one of the reasons why it caught my attention. The reason why I find it interesting is because the actual story unlike some of the previous ones that I have chosen it uses the human as the animal’s conscience. This is proven with the actions of the actual human trying to prevent the Ass from leaping over the side of the cliff, while the conscience does not vocally speak in the tale until the very end. The actions of the human speak more then the words until they are actually needed later on. The words the actual human/conscience speak to the Ass are “Very well, go your way, you willful beast, and see where it leads you.” Once these words are spoken the narrative within the story becomes a lot clearer, basically the moral lesson is that well hidden within the tale and most people do not realist it until the very end when they are told the actual lesson. Therefore this fable while incredibly short it does indeed get it’s point across effectively and almost immediately after the first line or so. Unlike some of the other tales within the Aesop’s Fable which take a while to even show the first signs of a moral lesson within them e.g. the Tortoise and the Hair. I think this might be the more suitable tale for me to do for this project for my short fictional animation due to the fact that while it is short there is a fairly reasonable story buried within that will be quite interesting to bring to life. This tale is hardly used in this method of media most likely because of it been consider slightly gruesome with the implied death of the Ass.



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