In this paper I shall examine a correlation between narrative structure and ethics in novels and short stories of Zsigmond Kemény by reading narratives and reflecting on ethical concepts. In many of his novels written during the first half of 1850s, ethical questions became the guiding questions of the interpretation. Zsigmond Kemény established the new ethical importance of narrative by telling conventional stories in a new way. Ködképek a kedély láthatárán, Férj és nő, Alhikmet, a vén törpe - these texts provide ethical instructions regarding the reader’s participation in the making of modern identity. This participation essentially involves ethical considerations: his works from this age tend to reflect the affinity between fictional structure and moral aims and influences.