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A Modern Aesop


The telling story in simple term that has an inherently important message is a venerable art form. The parable may be found teaching a moral lesson in the bible. Aesop is an incontrovertible master of the fable. This story form is far from antiquated as shown by the whimsical approach to life taken by the modern Aesop, James Thurber. His stories lampoon the strange behavior of his fellow men. Thurber seems unable to countenance the ideas that permeate our society regarding the rules by which we should live. Least of all is he able to accept the sanctimonious notion which some people promulgate that good always wins out against evil. Thurber’s stories often take an exactly opposites didactic point of view.

  • inherent – melekat, menjadi sifatnya, existing in something as a permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute.
  • venerable- terhormat, patut dimuliakan, accorded a great deal of respect, esp. because of age, wisdom, or character.
  • parable – perumpamaan
  • incontrovertible –  yang tidak dapat dibantah, not able to be denied or disputed.
  • whimsical- aneh, ganjil, playfully quaint or fanciful, esp. in an appealing and amusing way.
  • lampoon- mengecam, mencerca, menyerang, publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm.
  • countenance – menyetujui, menyokong, wajah, raut muka, a person’s face or facial expression.
  • permeate- menyerap, spread throughout (something); pervade.
  • sanctimonious – munafik, sok suci, making a show of being morally superior to other people.
  • promulgate – menyebar luaskan, promote or make widely known (an idea or cause).
  • didactic – bersifat mendidik/mengandung pelajaran, intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive.

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