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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What is the Neverending Story's moral about power?

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 ...
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In Blood Meridian, why does the judge call out the kid as being different?

Toward the end of Blood Meridian, Judge Holden says a curious thing to the kid when the two are hunting each other in the desert: There's a flawed place in the fabric of your heart. Do you think I ...
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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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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. ...
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What message is Bradbury trying to convey in Fahrenheit 451?

Fahrenheit 451 is one of Ray Bradbury's most famous works and possibly one of the most famous books in modern times. In my experience most people who read the book believe that Bradbury was warning ...
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What is the underlying message of the first story of 听你的 ("Up To You")?

I read an (untitled) short story: the first chapter of 《听你的》 (full text is here), and I don't feel I fully understand the plot. Here's my summarization: The main character "you" (unnamed) ...
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Is there a term for stories that act to teach the reader (not the characters) a lesson without the use fantastical elements?

Is there a term for stories that act to teach the reader (not the characters) a lesson without the use fantastical elements? For example, take a Raymond Carver short story. His characters are often ...
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Is there a "moral-index" of fables?

There is a motif-index for folk-literature composed by Stith Thompson. I wonder if there is a similar index regrouping fables by the moral they convey? As a rough example G. Blinded by greed G.1. &...
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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 ...
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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?
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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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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 ...