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Ethical Choices in The Sense of an Ending

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DOI: 10.25236/iclahd.2019.026


Yu Ma, Chunna Lin

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Yu Ma


The Sense of an Ending is a story about the impact of ethical choices on people's life. The characters in the novel fall into the ethical dilemma due to the change of love, and the ethical choices they make in order to get rid of the ethical dilemma have a significant impact on their own or others' lives. Adrian even pays price of life because he breaks the ethical taboo. From the perspective of ethical literary criticism, this paper analyzes the ethical relations of characters, interprets the ethical choices of characters, and discusses the ethical themes such as concealment, betrayal, suicide, forgiveness and responsibility.


The Sense of an Ending; ethical literary criticism; ethical dilemma; ethical choice