- Jul 2019
- New Jersey
I won't speak for Aesop, but that was precisely the point I made with regard to the profundity of the story of the Tree of Knowledge. The fable can be simultaneously understood on multiple levels - a child can understand the simple 'disobey God; get punished' idea, while a more mature reader is given a deeper layer to analyze. This is practically a truism in literature; the only place where people seem to have a difficulty with this concept is in the Bible. Surely you don't think that the Rime of the Ancient Mariner is simply Coleridge's depiction of a sea-voyage gone awry? Why should the books which have shaped western civilization (more than any others) be excluded from this literary appreciation?Fables (stories meant to teach a moral) in my experience are not super layered... doing so would kinda pollute the moral it is trying to teach..
The frog and the scorpion is definitely deep, but is it layered with symbolism???
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