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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Build a Story World

Heresy Cont’d

“It is a fantasy because fantasy is the natural, the appropriate, language for the recounting of the spiritual journey and the struggle of good and evil in the soul.” Ursula Le Guin

The struggle for good versus evil also occurs within a story world that embraces a common value system. For example, in the Harry Potter series, the Hogwarts School
educates children of magical ability. However the approach to the use of magic itself, the attitude of both students and faculty, and the choices made, run up and down a moral ladder of values toward the common magical bond. Choices need to be made all the time.

Unfortunately in our own world there is ample research material available for several examples of people who have chosen to cut corners for financial gain and caused injury to innocent victims. When buildings or tunnels collapse, for no apparent reason, one of the first areas of investigation is to discover whether the materials used were the approved version or a lesser quality substitute.

What about stealing from an employer re use of supplies or time or gossip. How could they become arenas for good versus evil?

            Make a list in your own life in the areas of work, or education, or personal situations (or experiences) that have the potential for moral choices.

Choose one from each category for your character. Have her make a decision in either direction for each choice.

Share: Which one has the potential to create the most difficult struggle for your hero?

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