The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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What is the moral of The Wind in the Willows?

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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame is a classic children's book and is able to continually inspire children with its abundance of adventures and Toad's escapades. Adults and older children who critically evaluate the novel are able to consider and reconsider their choices and the consequences of those choices, but at the same time remain removed from the story; it is about animals, after all.

A moral is a lesson to be learnt by the reader from the story. Toad especially has a lot to learn as he uses his unlimited wealth to chase his dreams. His decisions are often are ill-considered and lead to his arrest and potential long-term imprisonment. However, his friends consistently guide him and eventually persuade him to change his ways. In short, they never give up on him—a valuable moral for any reader.

By the end of the novel, the reader learns the value of forgiveness and patience as the four friends make mistakes and try to learn from them (although Toad tests anyone's...

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