Folktales and fables are distinct forms of stories.

Folktales and fables are distinct forms of stories. Folktales are stories that originate in popular culture and are often passed down through word of mouth. A fable is a short story that generally uses animals as characters to communicate a message.

The primary distinction between a folktale and a fable is that fables always teach readers a moral lesson, but not all folktales do. In this post, we will look at the various contrasts between folktales and fables.


Fables are a form of story in which animals, plants, legendary beings, or other similar characters are given human characteristics and behave like humans. The ability to attribute human characteristics to animals is known as anthropomorphism. Fables frequently convey a moral lesson, which may be clearly expressed at the conclusion of the narrative. Some fables have known writers, while others are of unknown provenance. “Aesop’s Fables” is an excellent example of fable. Many popular stories, like Hare and the Tortoise, Lion and the Mouse, Ants and the Grasshopper, Crow and the Pitcher, Fox and the Grapes, and so on, are fables. All of these stories end with a moral lesson.