Examples of Morals & Life Lessons in Fairy Tales

Examples of Morals & Life Lessons in Fairy Tales
Coming up next: A Tiger in the House Summary

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:04 Learning Your Lesson
  • 0:51 Examples of Morals &…
  • 5:04 Lesson Summary
Add to Add to Add to

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up


Recommended Lessons and Courses for You

Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Beth Hendricks

Beth holds a master's degree in integrated marketing communications, and has worked in journalism and marketing throughout her career.

Fairy tales can not only transport us to faraway kingdoms but also teach us important lessons. In this video, we'll examine some popular fairy tales, the morals they present and what we can learn from reading them.

Learning Your Lesson

Somewhere between ''Once upon a time,'' and ''They lived happily ever after,'' our favorite fairy tales have a way of not only entertaining us with tales of beautiful heroines, magical forests, and enchanting creatures, but also have a way of teaching us some important life lessons along the way.

Though they may not be expressly stated, the idea that these stories, passed down from generation to generation, contain morals is not all that unusual. The first tales of this nature were written specifically to teach lessons to readers. Since then, fairy tales have spawned many variations, but still manage to convey important messages about how to live and love, how to treat others, and how the world works.

Let's take a look at a few of the countless examples of morals available inside of fairy tales.

Examples of Morals & Life Lessons

From ''Little Red Riding Hood'' to ''Cinderella,'' fairy tales present some unique learning opportunities for readers. Here are some morals, or life lessons, that can be taken from a few popular fairy tales.

''Little Red Riding Hood''

''Little Red Riding Hood'' is the story of a young girl who encounters danger on her way through the woods to visit her grandmother. It's a classic tale repeated in various cultures throughout history. As readers, we can almost anticipate Red Riding Hood's fate when she first meets the wolf in the woods, even though the wolf is on his best behavior. In fact, the wolf's kind appearance teaches us a lesson in itself: be careful who you trust, especially people who appear to be overly kind at first.

''The Three Little Pigs''

''The Three Little Pigs'' is the tale of three little pigs who are sent out into the world to make their own way. Unfortunately, two of the three pigs take shortcuts and build their houses out of weak materials, which is easy for the enemy to breach.

The three little pigs teach us a lesson about doing things the right way.
three little pigs

The lesson here is laziness may be fun for a season, but it will eventually catch up with you. Another good lesson here is that taking shortcuts can seem like a good idea at first, but can ultimately lead to disaster. A third moral, if you're really looking, could be that it's important to build on a steady foundation in life.

''The Princess and the Pea''

''The Princess and the Pea'' is about a queen who's on the hunt for a princess to marry her son when she stumbles across a rather un-princess-like maiden with messy hair and clothes. To test her, the maiden is invited to spend the night in the castle, where the queen hides a pea under her mattress. Only a princess would be able to feel such a small level of discomfort. The next morning, the maiden complains about her poor night of sleep, and the queen has found her son's wife. This story tells one of the oldest lessons of all time: don't judge a book by its cover (or a person by their initial appearance). People are more than their hairstyle and clothing.

''The Elves and the Shoemaker''

''The Elves and the Shoemaker'' is a tale about a band of elves who decide to pitch in and help out a poor shoemaker down on his luck. For several nights, the elves crafted shoes to keep the shoemaker in business. After the shoemaker and his wife catch sight of the little naked elves working, they decide to sew some clothes for their secret helpers. The lesson here is do things for others without any thought of getting something in return. The elves worked for the shoemaker with no thought other than to be helpful.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create An Account