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 a major breakthrough, because the kage had gone to war frequently with each other in the past.

Patience is found in Naruto and his mentor’s motto “never give up” as Naruto strives to go from zero to hero, from being an academic failure to taking on the kingly title of hokage. This takes much hard work and determination against all odds – not to mention push-back from naysayers.

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Graciousness – even to the point of being Christ-like – is seen in Naruto’s forgiving of Sasuke,  He once suffered for Sasuke by willingly being the target of someone’s wrath; wrath caused by Sasuke’s criminal actions. His face grew extremely swollen from the  punches thrown at him and through it all he still kept his love for Sasuke.

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 the peacemaker of the world. In doing so, they had to get past the fact that he is only a teenager with many of the typical failings of teenagers – such as acting in haste. The hokage Tsunade argued with her own counselors not to underestimate Naruto and to trustingly pass on the torch to the newer generation. Also, in his ascent to hokage, Naruto had to fully believe would attain that honor well before it happened. Eventually, it did, as his faith in becoming hokage and eventually being honored by the whole village saved him through the depression and loneliness of his youth.

Humility towards one’s masters is required in shinobi, and Naruto had the greatest transformation in this regard. He showed disrespect for his teacher Iruka by pulling pranks on him (and on others for that matter), but eventually grew serious and respectful towards him  and his much admired future teachers Kakashi, Jiraiya, and Bee even to the point of risking his life for Kakashi.

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Naruto learned self-restraint in controlling the “demon fox” within himself. In the beginning, this fox represented the hatred within his heart, because it popped out of him whenever he gave in to rage. He would then go on a rampage against everything in sight. Naruto had to restrain the great hatred that he felt, else it would do more damage than he wanted. This represents the human need to transform hatred and to channel it for good only.



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