October 11th, 2012
Rationalization in Rule-Breaking
In modern society laws are depicted as necessary rules on how to live life, and if these laws are broken then punishment awaits. Taking action based on what is 'good' is taught as being less and less important as society progresses, but the truth is that fear is eminent to those who do not. In the novels; Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling; often people are faced with the choice between following their morals or set rules. Children's literature teaches us that when this happens one must choose their morals because when an individual follows the rules they become blind to what is really happening around them. In times of crisis people prefer to be informed of the situation in order to avoid the unknown; which is where fear often roots itself. When people are put through a crisis they must follow their morals or fear will consume them. An example of this dilemma can be found in 'Charlottes Web' at the beginning of the novel. After Fern's mother reveals to her that her father is heading to the barn to 'do away' with a small, weak pig her morals kick in and she takes action, 'Fern pushed a chair out of the way and went
outdoors.[...]"Please don't kill it!" she sobbed. "It's unfair!"' (White, 1-2). The crisis that provoked Fern to take action upon her father was that he was going to kill an innocent runt pig because it would supposedly never amount to anything. In this crisis Fern follows her morals by running after her father and even though breaking the rules by questioning her father's judgment, stops him from killing the pig. The fear within Fern was clearly demonstrated in her reaction from the situation at hand....