Saturday, October 13, 2007

Moral of the Story

I remember my good old kindergarten days when the teacher would narrate one of Aesop's fables and ask us to figure out the 'moral of the story'. At present, I object most passionately to the use of the word 'moral' in the context of literature. In my opinion some of the best literature, irrespective of language, thrives on several instances of immorality. Nevertheless, for the sake of nostalgia, I shall write about things we can learn from the following books.

Name of the book: 'Three Men in a Boat(to say nothing of the dog)'
Moral: It is never a bad idea for a hypochondriac to go on an 'idyllic' vacation along the river Thames(with his dog) to discover that he is actually fit as a fiddle.

Name of the book: 'Love in the time of Cholera'
Moral: No matter how many 'flings' a man may choose to have over a period of four decades, he can never get enough of his now married childhood sweetheart.

Name of the book: 'Jane Eyre'
Moral: Calamity forces opposites to attract. The almost penniless,kind hearted and plain looking heroine will always end up with the wealthy but bestial protagonist.

Name of the book:'Lady Chatterley's Lover'
Moral: Aristocratic ladies unhappily married to crippled war veterans are likely to elope with rustic but 'hunky' game keepers.

Name of the book: 'The Good Earth'
Moral: The younger generation will gladly dump the one thing that the older generation strives to protect.

Name of the book: 'The Great Gatsby'
Moral: Never admit to a crime your former lover committed, whatever is left of the affair is destined for doom.

That's all for now little ones. A moral a day keeps the censor board at bay.

1 comment:

ankita anand said...

cheers to democracy!