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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Building a Story World

Character Typology

Does this character description remind you of anyone in particular?

-on top of the power hierarchy but his power is not boundless

-can be still be opposed, deceived, and tricked although dangerous to do so

-in a long term marriage but has endless affairs

-does not participate in petty arguments and schemes of daily activities

-can be extremely vengeful

Based on familiar movies, my first response might be a dictator or a CEO of a vast financial/business empire, or a James Bond 007 villain. But these are some of the characteristics given in Greek mythology to Zeus. Somehow they still sound quite modern.

John Truby, in his book The Anatomy of Story, notes that the character Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story can be compared to a goddess, not only because of her beauty and grace but also her coldness and fierce sense of superiority to others.” We want to tap into that inner character connection—the moral or soul voice and highlight the ones that fit our characters.

Exercise: Choose an historical or scriptural character that exemplifies their moral or immoral compass based on their character description.

Share: Where might we see that ‘person’ in today’s culture?

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