Sunday, June 17, 2007

You Make The Perfect Hero...

Why is that?

We think at times, "I can't be a hero... I'm not good at this or that... or I can't..."

Let's read what Christopher Vogler writes in "The Writer's Journey" on a hero.

Interesting flaws humanize a character. We can recognize bits of ourselves in a Hero who is challenged to overcome inner doubts, errors in thinking, guilt or trauma from the past, or fear of the future. Weaknesses, imperfections, quirks, and vices immediately make a Hero or any character more real and appealing. It seems the more neurotic characters are, the more the audience likes them and identifies with them.

Flaws also give a character somewhere to go—the so-called "character arc" in which a character develops from condition A to condition Z through a series of steps. Flaws are a starting point of imperfection or incompleteness from which a character can grow. They may be deficiencies in a character. Perhaps a Hero has no romantic partner, and is looking for the "missing piece" to complete her life. This is often symbolized in fairy tales by having the Hero experience a loss or a death in the family. This subtraction from the family unit sets the nervous energy of the story in motion, not to stop until the balance has been restored by the creation of a new family or the reuniting of the old.

In most modern stories it is the Hero's personality that is being recreated or restored to wholeness. The missing piece may be a critical element of personality such as the ability to love or trust. Heroes may have to overcome some problem such as lack of patience or decisiveness. Audiences love watching Heroes grapple with personality problems and overcome them. Will Edward, the rich but cold-hearted businessman of Pretty Woman, warm up under the influence of the life-loving Vivian and become her Prince Charming? Will Vivian gain some self-respect and escape her life of prostitution? Will Conrad, the guilt-ridden teenager in Ordinary People, regain his lost ability to accept love and intimacy?

So, if you think you're flawed and can't think that God can do anything with you... you may be the hero. Remember heaven is watching you, they're rooting for you. Because of your flaws that makes you an even better hero. And you know what? There are 2 types of heroes. The willing and unwilling ones. both make equally entertaining stories. But the unwilling hero must change at some point, he must become committed to adventure.

Your audience, the saints and angels are rooting for you.

The story function of the Hero is learning or growth. Therefore grow.

The aspect of the hero is that he is always active. Act.

The true mark of the hero is not strength or bravery but SACRIFICE. Die to yourself so that you may gain life. Sacrifice means "making holy".

[Origin: 1225-75; (n.) ME < OF < L sacrificium, equiv. to sacri- (comb. form of sacer holy) + -fic-, comb. form of facere to make, do1 + -ium -ium; (v.) ME sacrifisen, deriv. of the n.]

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