Books that demonstrate moral courage
This term we are examining moral courage. It is one of the eight institutional values of King’s College and it is also at the core of our founding motto Virtus Pollet – or, Excellence of Character Prevails.
Moral courage can be defined as the power and determination to follow what one believes to be right, regardless of the cost to one’s self, and irrespective of the disapproval of others.
We have put out a display of books in the library where characters have demonstrated their integrity by being brave and doing the right thing, even if it was not to their advantage. The books include Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally, Jane Eyre by Charlottle Bronte, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Lieutenant Hornblower by C.S. Forester, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; but of course there are many more.
Today in the news we see an example of moral courage in Thailand where fact appears to be mirroring fiction. Some people in Thailand have adopted the three-finger salute used in the Hunger Games stories as “an expression of silent protest” against a military coup.
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Definition of enclave: A distinctly bounded area enclosed within a larger unit
If you enjoyed The Hunger Games series you may find this book is one for you. It starts with a group of young people living a hard life in an enclave underground. The enclave has its own rules for survival where everyone has a job to perform. Deuce and Fade are both trained hunters who provide food for everyone to eat and defend the enclave against the freaks; zombie-like monsters who roam underground. One day they find themselves expelled from their home and doomed to go Topside – what will they find, what will they do, and will it be safe?
Ann Aguirre is an American author who, amongst many other things, loves action movies and Dr Who. She wrote this futuristic book following some research which included reading an article about science and zombie attacks if there was to be a battle between zombies and the living, who would win? and thinking back to what happened after Hurricane Katrina.
I found it very easy to read and now I can’t wait to read the next in the Razorland trilogy called Outpost. The third and final book Horde, will be published later this year.
Want to read more about Ann Aguirre and her writing? See her blog