Examples of Moral Dilemmas in Literature

Examples of Moral 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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Examples of Moral Dilemmas in Literature | Teaching Dilemma in Literature

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  • THE KITE RUNNER
  • THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING
  • When Amir comes upon Hassan and Assef in the alley, he sees that Assef is about to assault Hassan. He has to decide whether or not to help Hassan, or let his fear rule his decisions.
  • Lancelot is in love with Guenever, but Guenever is married to King Arthur, who is Lancelot's master and friend. To make matters worse, Guenever returns Lancelot's affections, and Lancelot needs to decide between his King and his love.
  • THE SCARLET LETTER
  • MORAL DILEMMA
  • SHOOTING AN ELEPHANT
  • Hester Prynne has recently given birth to a child, despite the fact that no one has seen her husband alive in two years. The Governor wants her to give up the father's name so he can be punished, too.
  • The narrator finds the elephant that killed the Dravidian coolie, but the elephant has already calmed down. The crowd behind him, however, wants him to kill the elephant anyway. The narrator doesn't want to look like a fool, but he also doesn't see the need to shoot.
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