In Michael Ende's brilliant novel The Neverending Story, the world of Fantastica is ruled by the Childlike Empress, a mysterious ruler who is given a different name each time a new human comes to her world. When Bastian

seeks to take her place as Emperor after she disappears, he is first thwarted by Atreyu and then discovers that by seizing power he would have doomed himself to oblivion and insanity.

What message does The Neverending Story promote in terms of power? Does it want its readers to come away with the idea that power corrupts and seeking it is a bad thing? Or that power should remain in the hands of those who have always held it? Or something else entirely?


That what you read, you can create your reality based on how you interpret it. And have the power to change your belief on how your have interpreted it at any time. Basically you have the power and are in charge of your destiny. Or are you part of a neverending story? :-) Ambiguous...

  • 1
    This is a possible answer, but how does it connect to the events mentioned in the question, about Bastian attempting to seize power from the Childlike Empress? – Rand al'Thor Feb 4 '19 at 7:49

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.