Is 'The Boy who cried Wolf' a short story?
The Boy who cried Wolf is a short story.
It is not a short story in the literary sense. It is an ancient fable, although it is literally a very short story.
A parable is a short, simple story that teaches a lesson. The boy who cried wolf is an example of a parable because it teaches to not lie. When a person begins to lie it is very hard to believe anything they say even when they are telling the truth. Which is why the boy who cried wolf is a great example.
It comes from the old fable by Aesop called "The Sheppard Boy and the Wolf", or "The Boy Who Cried Wolf". In the story the boy, to amuse himself, would call for help, claiming the wolf was attacking his flock of sheep. When the villagers would come to his aid they would see no wolf and be angry. After a couple of times doing this, the villagers ignored the boy. Unfortunately, when the wolf DID…