In fact, one of the principle facets of Moominpappas character is to introduce didactic messages to his family, particularly to his children. Doing so is part of his job as a father and as the head of a household. Unfortunately, not all of his methods of teaching his family are as entertaining as his memoirs, as the following quotation from Moominpappa at Sea, in which he warns his family of the dangers of forest fires, proves.
He had warned the family. Time and time again he had explained how necessary it was to be careful in August. He had described the burning valley, the roar of the flames, the white-hot tree trunks, and the fire creeping along the ground underneath the moss. Blinding columns of flame flung upward against the night sky! Waves of fire, rushing down the sides of the valley and on toward the sea (Jansson).
The hyperbolic nature of this quotation, illustrated to the reference to “waves” of flames, is indicative of Moominpappas tendency to go on and on about the dangers of fire. Still, this quotation demonstrates that one of the principle aspects of Moominpappas character is to teach his family, which he certainly does with his tales in Moominpappas Memoirs.
Jansson is able to effectively utilize Moominpappas character as a means of providing didactic messages to a young reading audicence. Many of the values that are propagated within his stories, such as the virtues of freedom and autonomous thinking and behavior, enable him to do so in a method that is as educational as it is fun. In such a way is the author able to impart wisdom in a younger audience that actually enjoys learning from Moominpappa and the colorful characteristics of his friends.
Jansson, Tove. Moominpappas Memoirs. London: Square Fish. 2010. Print.
Jansson, Tove. Moominpappa at Sea. London: Square Fish. 2010. Print.
Janson, Tove. Tales from Moominvalley. London: Square.