Fantastic Mr. Fox Themes & Motifs

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Sometimes breaking moral laws is necessary

Sometimes breaking moral laws is necessary, argues Roald Dahl in “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” In the novel, Mr. Fox must steal to feed his family. Although stealing is an immoral thing, sometimes it must be done for a moral reason.

Mr. Badger asks Mr. Fox about his stealing while the two are preparing to steal food from the three farmers. Mr. Badger notes that everything that is happening – the hill being destroyed and the digging animals being driven underground to starve –i s Mr. Fox’s fault. It was Mr. Fox’s thieving that originally brought the farmers after him.

Mr. Fox explains, however, that sometimes you must do immoral things for a moral reason. In this case, it is to feed his family to prevent them from starving to death. Mr. Fox goes on to explain that the moral crime of...

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