Ethical test-cases in literary form?
January 26, 2012 12:10 PM Subscribe
Recommend good short stories for starting moral or ethical debates!
posted by Bardolph to Writing & Language (29 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
Asking for a friend who's preparing for a classroom-style exercise with late adolescents. He's looking for some short stories containing situations that (fairly) clearly raise some sort of moral, ethical or philosophical dilemma that could seve as a starting point for more general debate and analysis.
The story itself needn't necessarily take a morally neutral perspective on the question-- in fact, it might be good if it had a strong point of view, to give the students something to react against. But there definitely needs to be a relatively clear, and somewhat arguable, ethical question lying somewhere not too far from the surface.
Other ideal characteristics:
not too challenging in literary terms
ethical question not too abstruse or complicated
Any ideas? Thanks!