How important do you think it is that your characters' arcs should be obvious? My male main character, I think his arc is pretty clear. At the beginning of the story, he has certain definite ideas about what's important in life and how he's going to achieve it, and by the end, while he still thinks those things are important, he's learned to subordinate them to goals and values that are greater still. My female main character, on the other hand . . . her goals and values pretty much stay the same, but at the beginning she hasn't grasped the implications of them. She's going to be put through the wringer to find out whether her values are all talk or if they're something real. She also has a problem with wanting to have things under control, whether that means holding back or literally charging into a situation. One of the things I'm having her learn to is to be okay with it when life gets messy. I'm not sure if I've made that clear. So I'm wondering if at the end of the book I should insert some lines where she openly reflects on her control issues and what she's learned about them. Or would that be totally naff and hitting the reader over the head with the Moral of the Story?