Questions tagged [moral]

For questions about morals in the literary sense - lessons that can be derived from a story. Not to be used for general questions about right and wrong in a story.

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Aesop's ambiguous fables

I've been reading through some fables of Aesop's. I notice that some of them draw an explicit moral, but I don't know whether these were edited in later. For example, this version of "boy and snails" ...
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Morality of the ending of The Midwich Cuckoos

Note: major spoilers follow! (If that wasn't already clear from the title.) I was having a discussion with someone yesterday about John Wyndham's novel The Midwich Cuckoos, specifically its ending, ...
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What is the essence of Undershaft's moral argument in Major Barbara?

I can discern certain Nietzschean undertones such as Undershaft's idealization of the will to power. I also understand Undershaft's discussion on the problem with describing poverty and starvation as ...
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What is the message of Poe's “Eleonora”?

I recently read Edgar Allan Poe's short story "Eleonora", a thinly veiled self-portrait in which the protagonist falls in love with his younger cousin, who later dies and leaves him alone. He (the ...
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What was Dr. Seuss's intended message in “Horton Hears a Who”?

I've seen themes and elements from Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who applied to a variety of things, such as the abortion debate, dwarfism awareness, and space aliens. While I can see how they could ...
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Moral of the Hunger Games Trilogy

In the last book of the Hunger Games trilogy, several things happen which make me think that the moral (or conclusion) of the story is that things never change. The Hunger Games are to continue, just ...
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Is a moral lesson a requirement for fairy tales?

Many of the fairy tales collected by the Grimm's have a moral. Is a moral lesson a requirement for fairy tales?