Morality in Naruto



The story of Naruto emphasizes morality. All of its themes:  love, self-sacrifice, selflessness, being grateful, shouldering others’ burdens, faithfulness, and friendship are central ideas. The author stated that he cared more for the moral clash between characters than the actual fights, thus showing his concern for morality in Naruto.

First, Naruto’s story focuses on love. Kushini, the main character’s mother, was given the huge burden of containing the nine tails within her body. She said she filled her life with love to offset this suffering. Because of this, she was able to stay happy despite all her suffering. This brings us to the next moral.

Staying joyful is key to overcoming trials of life. The manga is scattered with humor, even in times of severe suffering and difficulty. Naruto’s enjoyment keeps him energized for everything he had to face. In fact, he always is the most energetic of all the characters in Naruto. Joy has been found to have great healing properties, which must explain why Naruto heals so quickly.

The five great nations learned to bond peacefully when they allied for war at the summit. They first held the conference in reluctance, because they did not trust one another, but became more and more bonded with one another as they fought in the war together, especially the Tsuchikage. This is major breakthrough, because the kage had seen frequent wars between each other in the past.

Patience is found in Naruto and his mentor’s motto “never give up” as Naruto strives to become from zero to hero, starting out an academic failure to taking on king title of hokage. This takes much hard work and determination against all odds and pushback from naysayers.

Graciousness is seen in Naruto’s forgiving of Sasuke, even being Christilike. He once suffered for Sasuke by willingly taking the wrath of someone for Sasuke’s criminal actions. His face grew extremely swollen from that someone’s punches and kept his love for Sasuke afterwards.

Good moral character is required in every shinobi as they must be extremely loyal and disciplined. This includes never selling out a comrade when interrogated about them.

Naruto’s friends practiced faithfulness in believing that Naruto would be peacemaker of the world. They had to get past the fact that he is only a teenager with many blunders like being hasty. The hokage Tsunade argued against her own counselors not to underestimate Naruto and to trustfully pass on the torch to the newer generation. Also, in his ascent to hokage, Naruto had to fully believe it would come true before it does. Eventually, it did. His faith in becoming hokage and eventually being honored by the whole village pulled him through his depression of loneliness during his youth.

Humility is required in shinobi towards their masters, and Naruto had the greatest transformation in this regard. He disrespected his teacher Iruka pulling pranks on him (and on all for that matter), but grew serious and respected and admired future teachers Kakashi, Jiraiya, Bee, to the point he’d risk his life for Kakashi once.

Naruto learned self-restraint in controlling “demon fox” within himself. In the beginning, this fox represented the hatred within his heart, because it popped out of him whenever he lost his rage. It would then rampage everything in sight. Naruto had to restrain great hatred or it would do more damage than really wanted. This represents humans’ need to channel our hate for good only


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