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Friday, January 20, 2006


Here is a chance for you to have your questions answered by Doctor English. Today’s question is:

What do you call stories with morals at the end?

Firstly, let’s define a moral. A moral is a sentence at the end of a story which gives a message to the reader. Often this message is related to ethics or to what is considered to be right or wrong behavior.

Generally speaking, a story with a moral at the end is called a fable, the most famous being Aesop’s fables. The most well-known stories of Aesop include The Tortoise and the Hare and The Boy Who Cried Wolf. At the end of each of these fables, there is a message that teaches children something about life. There are other stories which include morals at the end, however fables are the most commonly known to end with these messages.

Thank you for sending your questions. If you have any further queries, please email Doctor English at drenglish@vec.ca.


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