“A lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics, and divinity, that ever were written.”

Thomas Jefferson

“There is nothing so ridiculous but some philosopher has said it.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

See below for a list of short stories that explore the idea of ethics.


Course: The American Civil War

Word Count: 574 words

Reading Level: secondary

Genre: historical fiction

Summary: As the Union army marches through the South, it leaves a path of destruction in its wake. A young woman accuses an officer of committing a terrible sin, but the man leaves her with his own thoughts to ponder.