Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Moral of the Story

Growing up being read bedtime stories is a fairly normal occurrence. These stories were mainly fairy tales, mother goose stories and the simplest explanation of them is, well, fiction. As children these stories made our minds wander and our imagination grow. And yet, somehow we were taught something. Each story had a moralexpressing or conveying truths or counsel as to right conduct. These morals were often the early teachings of how to interact that we now probably don't even notice. The story of Cinderella shows that being kind and working hard pay off, that good things will happen to you. The story of the Tortise and the Hare shows that persistance is key to success. These and many other stories have taught us from a young age these simple truths and remain teaching children generation after generation. This, is what fiction can do. Through Mormon fiction stories are able to be told that teach us something, without harming anyone. They have the superficial story, something that is simple and, if you choose, doesn't mean anything. But if you look closer, you can find a moral, you can find the teachings that are meant to be in these stories. This is something that fiction does that non-fiction cannot, it makes you think and apply the story to your life, without harming anyone in the process. This is something that is especially important when it comes to religious literature. This is why Mormon fiction is so important. 


  1. I loved your take on Fairy Tales and fiction. That in every fairy tale growing up, there were morals that we learned and in some ways, gained our own moral compass. I think we learn morals and opinions in a variety of ways, but ours is a generation of entertainment and stories, a generation of fiction.

    I think your post would be a little bit more powerful if you added some references to Douglas Thayer's novel or other pieces of Mormon fiction to make a comparison to.

  2. The picture actually made me want to read this post! Made me curious. Good choice.

  3. I also agree that fiction gives it this quality to stay detached but still very engaging to the reader. Allows them to feel that authenticity within the writing without like you said, harming anyone in the process.