What Is The Moral Lesson Of The Story 'The Emperor's New Clothes'?


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Robin Burden Profile
Robin Burden answered
There are many different moral lessons to be learned from the story The Emperor's New Clothes.
Above all, the Emperor's vanity and the embarrassment that it causes him is the central lesson.

The moral lessons in 'The Emperor's New Clothes' The story of the Emperor's New Clothes, is based on a vain and pretentious Emperor who hires two fraudsters to make him an outfit.

Because of his vanity, the fraudsters are able to trick him into paying them lots of money for an outfit made of a 'magical fabric' - whereas, in actual fact, what they're selling him is thin air. Therein lies the first moral lesson: Never believe something that's too good to be true.

To persuade the Emperor to buy the outfit, the fraudsters tell him that the fabric will appear invisible to those people who are 'hopelessly stupid'. Afraid of being labelled stupid, the Emperor pretends that he can see the fabric and purchases it.

This is an example of how fear of 'losing face' can negatively affect judgement and behavior. If the emperor wasn't so concerned about whether people thought he was stupid or not, he wouldn't have been tricked into buying an 'invisible fabric'.

When the Emperor parades around in public, his followers go along with the pretense of seeing the clothes (for fear of offending him). The moral here is that large numbers of people can be persuaded to accept the most ludicrous things through fear.

Finally, a child (who is too innocent to realize the intricacies of the situation) bursts out laughing at the naked Emperor, and this breaks the ridiculous charade that everyone was playing along with.
John Profile
John answered
It's not a moral lesson, it's a life lesson. Don't trust what someone tells you when you're the one paying them to tell you what you want to hear.

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