Examples of Ethical Dilemmas in Literature

Examples of Ethical Dilemmas in Literature
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What is Dilemma

Teaching Moral and Ethical Dilemmas

By Rebecca Ray and Kristy Littlehale

Do you remember a time when you had to make a choice and each option was equally unpleasant? In literature, dilemmas form the central conflict many protagonists encounter. Sometimes these dilemmas have even caused changes in society and history! Common dilemmas include: classic, ethical, and moral.


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Ethical Dilemma Examples in Literature | Teaching Dilemma in Literature

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
  • FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON
  • Atticus is under intense pressure from many citizens in the town to not properly defend Tom Robinson at trial; however, he holds himself and his professionalism to high standards, and not not defend Tom would violate his ethical obligations (and his moral values).
  • Charlie has an IQ of 68, and has been selected for an experimental procedure to increase it. The doctors involved have taken an oath to do no harm, but they seem motivated more by fame than by the ethics outlined in their profession.
  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS
  • ETHICAL DILEMMA
  • INHERIT THE WIND
  • EVOLUTION
  • Mr. Jaggers takes Abel Magwitch on as a client, even though he knows he is an exiled convict. When he finds out that Magwitch has returned, he has an ethical obligation to report him. Instead, he makes Pip have a very careful hypothetical conversation about Magwitch.
  • Despite the fact that it is illegal to teach evolution in school, Bert Cates disobeys the law and reads to his students from Darwin's "The Origin of Species."
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