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Moral Criticism

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Moral Criticism
Judges the value of literature based on its moral lessons and ethical teachings.
Good and bad; right and wrong
Morality deals with human relationships.
Morals is child stories
“Some morals are very easy to accept and only the fringes of society might question or reject them. These people on the fringes may be good or bad, the mere act of rejecting a socially accepted moral of the time is in no way an indicator of the persons goodness”
The novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, shows a moralistic view of the characters and their actions, as well as the consequences of their actions.
Influential People
Tiana D. Barron
Ms. Kineman
AP English Literature and Composition
10 December 2014

Moralist View of
Works Cited
"Morality." : Definition of in Oxford Dictionary (American English) (US). Web. 22 Nov. 2014. <http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/morality>.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Maurice Hindle. "Frankenstein", Or, "The Modern Prometheus". Rev. ed. London: Penguin, 2003. Print.
Principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.
Victor Frankenstein
Samuel Johnson
Should someone play the role of God?
Creation of New Life
Marriage to a family member
The Monster
Abandoned after being created.
Murders people Frankenstein loved
No knowledge of morality
Is the monster good or bad?
Literature is capable of corrupting
morals and undermining religion.
Literature and art have the ability to influence people
Samuel Johnson
Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com. Web. 9 Dec. 2014. <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ethic?s=t>.
The body of moral principles or values governing or distinctive of a particular culture or group
Moral excellence; goodness; righteousness.
OR an admirable quality or property
Aristotle & Horace
Aristotle & Horace
violating moral principles; not conforming to the patterns of conduct usually accepted or established as consistent with principles of personal and social ethics.
Violates human standards.
Has no moral sense
Immoral behavior
“The more I saw of them, the greater became my desire to claim their protection and kindness; my heart yearned to be known and loved by these amiable creatures; to see their sweet looks directed towards me with affection was the utmost limit of my ambition” (Shelley 128).
"Logical & Critical Thinking." Logical Critical Thinking What Is Morality and Where Does Morality Come From Comments. Web. 3 Nov. 2014.

Both Aristotle and Horace believed that literature can instruct as well as corrupt.
Care must be taken before writing and reading
Later picked up the idea, he saw literature as a good way to teach morality and probe philosophical ideas.
The Monster
Shelley concludes that moral and spiritual development can best be attained through the shedding of doctrinal belief structures, resulting in the elimination of God towards the attainment of self-realization.
“‘My food is not that of man; I do not destroy the lamb and the kid to glut my appetite; acorns and berries afford me sufficient nourishment’” (Shelley 157).
Victor Frankenstein
“I am malicious because I am miserable. You, my creator, would tear me to pieces, and triumph; remember that, and tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me?" (Shelley 173).
“No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane, in the first enthusiasm of success. Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me.” (Shelley 51)
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