The Self-Tormentor Questions and Answers
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What is the moral of the story in The Self-Tormentor?

There might be multiple morals for Terence's The Self-Tormentor. One moral might be that people shouldn’t torment themselves. The world is difficult enough. Don't make it harder on yourself by doing things like inordinately punishing your son. Another moral might be that social customs are rather ridiculous. If Antiphila can be mistaken for a poor girl when she's not, that seems to say that class is not as essential and defining as society makes it out to be.

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We are not Terence, so we're not sure what he wanted the moral of his play to be (or if he wanted a moral at all). Additionally, there's quite a bit of disagreement about how much of The Self-Tormentor was actually written by Terence. Those issues aside, let's figure out some possible morals.

One moral might come from the title of the play. That moral could be not to torment yourself. The world is hard enough: don't make it any harder with self-flagellation.

We see self-torment right away with Menedemus. When we...

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