The Ugly Barnacle
, as a motivational story, falls flat. For the first half, the reader expects an uplifting spiritual journey of an ugly barnacle overcoming its physical flaws and learning to accept itself for what it is; the Downer Ending
is a clear attempt to avert the Dead Horse Anviliciousness
common to this type of tired tale, but overshoots its target and causes the reader to feel let down and possibly even more depressed than when they began. As a standalone work of fiction, it does fairly well, but I don't recommend The Ugly Barnacle
if one hopes to feel better about oneself, or to assist another in the same; they will most likely find that it doesn't help at all.