The moral of the story is the point of the story, which usually has a lesson or deeper meaning. Finding the moral of the story usually involves examining your interpretation of the plot and characters and considering how those elements might relate to life outside of the story itself. The following list includes some common morals found in stories and examples from those stories to understand better how it works and check your understanding against that of other people who have written about morals in stories. How many can you name?
Types Of Stories
There are two different types of stories: literary and folk. A literary story comes from a book, movie, or play; think The Three Little Pigs or Snow White. In contrast, folk stories come from oral tradition—that is, they’re passed down by word of mouth. When you think about it in that sense, just about every human story can be classified as either folk or literary tale because almost all classic tales have been passed down through generations.
What Is A Moral Story?
A moral is an idea that conveys an applicable message, especially regarding human behavior. The message often takes the form of a brief fable, parable, or allegory that exhibits one or more moral themes. Moral stories are sometimes referred to as fables, parables, or allegories, depending on their length, usually found in the literature. Moral ideas can be conveyed using stories because people remember stories better than lists of facts, statistics, etc. They are also less offensive than didactic works because they entertain while they teach.
A little bird had found a serpent asleep in a sunny nook and, picking up a pebble, dropped it on its head. The serpent awoke with a start. But finding that no harm was intended, he thanked his small friend for the pleasant slumber and went on his way. Aesop’s Fables are written to convey important lessons or morals through animal stories. An example is how birds will react to an attacking snake. Although they may be afraid of snakes, they’ll still attack when defending themselves. This is because all animals have some defense mechanism against danger.
The Boy Who Cried, Wolf
The boy who cried wolf is a folktale about a shepherd boy who repeatedly tricks nearby villagers into thinking a wolf is attacking his flock. This causes the villagers to no longer believe him when, in fact, a wolf does attack his flock. The boy thus finds himself without aid from people he has deceived in some way.
The Tortoise And The Hare
The phrase slow and steady wins the race may be apocryphal, but there’s something to be said for taking things easy. The tortoise in Aesop’s fable never made it to first place, but that didn’t matter; he still won by simply getting there. Keep that in mind next time you consider cramming 10 pounds of work into a five-pound bag.
The moral of a story can vary widely, even when both stories use a similar theme. This is because every author has their take on what it means to be moral or immoral. You can see examples in ancient works like Aesop’s Fables and modern novels like The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.