What is a parable?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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A parable is a story that is meant to deliver a specific message or lesson. It can be written in prose or verse, and usually serves as an analogy, but most parables differ from fables (which often focus on supernatural characters, animals or non-living creatures) in that they feature human beings as the central character. Parables are often referred to only in connection with the Bible, and many parables can be found in connection with Jesus and his teachings, such as "The Prodigal Son." Other characteristics of the parable include a narrative form of what might be considered a straightforward, though not specifically stated, "universal truth." The main character is usually faced with

... a moral dilemma, or making a questionable decision and then suffering the consequences... The defining characteristic of the parable is the presence of a prescriptive subtext suggesting how a person should behave or believe. Aside from providing guidance and suggestions for proper action in life, parables frequently use metaphorical language which allows people to more easily discuss difficult or complex ideas. Parables teach an abstract argument, using a concrete narrative which is more easily grasped.

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laurto | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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A parable is as simple story used to tell a spiritual lesson or moral. It is usually used to illustrate some religious principle. It can also be a statement that has an indirect meaning (like an analogy). It is usually simple and there is always a message.

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melissa1106 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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A parable is a short story that can be used mainly to convey a religion theme or message. They usually have a spiritual meaning or moral. There many parables in the bible and Jesus used many parables in his teachings to better clarify and apply religious themes into everyday life. 

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arjun | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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According to the dictionary as referred:

1.Parable is a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. 
2. Parable Is a statement or comment that conveys a meaning indirectly by the use of comparison, analogy, or the like.