Fortitude: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?


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Fortitude image Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

“Fortitude: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is the Part 4 in a series of blogs about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Fortitude means having mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, pain, or temptation with courage. Fortitude is strength of mind, not of body; fearlessness, grit, moxie, stamina, bravery, backbone, calm, fearless, and composed.

Antonyms as a noun:  cowardice, weakness, helplessness, apathy
Adverbs:  cowardly
Adjectives: fearful, lazy, helpless, apathetic, spineless, wimpy

Characters with fortitude:

  1. Robin in the movie Robin Hood http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/robin-hood/empower-every-man
  2. Brooke Taylor Windham in Legally Blonde
  3. Captain Rafe McCawley in Pearl Harbor
  4. Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson in Pearl Harbor
  5. Billy Forester in How to Eat Fried Worms
  6. Anna in The King and I (Based on the book, Anna and the King of Siam)
  7. Juror 8 in Twelve Angry Men
  8. Cameron in Ferris Beuller’s Day Off at the end.

Characters without fortitude:

  1. John Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  2. Prissy in Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  3. The Lion in Wizard of Oz
  4. Boss Hogg in Dukes of Hazzard TV Show
  5. Greg Heffley in Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  6. Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the beginning, and middle
  7. Francis Sawyer in Stripes.

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May times characters grow and change. A quality may not be evident at the beginning of the movie but you see it clearly at the end.   When a character changes it’s called a character arc. Not all characters change. But usually the protagonist changes so that he can reach his goal. No change in some cases means no story.  I hope you’re enjoying this series. Thank you to all who leave comments on my blog. You make it come to life and make it fun for me and others. Please leave a comment  listing characters you’ve seen who have fortitude and those who don’t. To comment, click below and scroll down to the bottom. 

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Counsel: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?


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“Counsel: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is the Part 3 in a series of blogs about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Writer, Marcia Mullins quote: “Through the misguided notion that writing about flying was easy, I had McCone become a pilot. When I learned that research in books wasn’t enough, I forced myself to take lessons:” http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/marciamull733084.html?src=t_misguided

Definition of counsel: Noun: advice, guidance, instructions, and directions. Verb: advise, guide, instruct, direct, and teach.

Opposite of counsel is: Noun: misguidance, misdirection,lie, and deception; Verb: misguide; misdirect, mislead, lie, and deceive.

Characters Who Have the Gift of Counsel:

  1. Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird
  2. Jack McCoy in the TV show Law and Order
  3. Dumbledore in Harry Potter
  4. Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid
  5. Mr. Feeny in TV show, Boy Meets World
  6. Mr. Terrupt in Because of Mr. Terrupt
  7. Miss Marks in Minnie McClary Speaks Her Mind by Valerie Hobbs

Characters Who Don’t Have the Gift of Counsel

  1. George Wilbur, the stuttering attorney, in My Cousin Vinny
  2. Viola Swamp in Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard
  3. Fletcher Reede, the lawyer, in Liar, Liar
  4. Pinocchio in Pinocchio.
  5. Gatsby in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. The Joker in Batman
  7. Anansi the spider in African folk tales

Other Resources:

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Part 1 “Wisdom: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/wisdom-which-characters-have-it-which-dont/

Part 2 “Understanding: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/understanding-which-characters-have-it-which-dont/

This is Part 3 “Counsel: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?”

Coming Soon:

Part 4 “Knowledge: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?”

Part 5 “Fortitude: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?”

Part 6 “Piety: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?”

Part 7 “Fear of the Lord: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?”

I’m grateful to all of you who left your suggestions for characters with wisdom, and understanding from the earlier posts. Please leave fictional characters in books, TV, or films to answer these questions:

Which fictional characters have good counsel?

Which fictional characters don’t have good counsel?

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Understanding: Which characters have it? Which Don’t?


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“Understanding: Which characters have it? Which Don’t?” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is the Part 2 in a series of blogs about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Understanding is a process of the mind by which a person gets it, grasps and comprehends what is difficult to perceive. Synonyms  are: compassionate, sensitive, considerate, forgiving, patient, realization, recognition, notice, observant.

The opposite of understanding is indifference, misunderstanding, confusion, disagreement, disbelief, stupidity, misjudge, overlook.

Characters with understanding:

  1. Melanie in Gone with the Wind
  2. The Father in the Prodigal Son story in the Bible.
  3. Andrew Paxton in The Proposal
  4. Isabel Kelly in Stepmom http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/stepmom/have-us-both
  5. Ted Kramer in Kramer vs Kramer http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/kramer-vs-kramer/why-mommy-left
  6. Will in Big Fish http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/big-fish/lacking-in-social-niceties
  7. Bruce Nolan in Bruce Almighty http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/bruce-almighty

Characters without understanding:

  1. Melvin Udall in As Good As It Get
  2. Margaret Tate in The Proposal
  3. Stepmother is Cinderella
  4. Wolf in The Three Little Pigs
  5. Sonny Koufax in Big Daddy http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/big-daddy/homeless-guy
  6. Zee in Surf’s Up http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/surfs-up/making-the-board?play=1
  7. Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/the-bourne-identity/i-dont-even-have-a-name

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*****Wingclips is a great site. When you click on the word search, you get a place where you can fill in themes.  http://www.wingclips.com/search?q=&x=13&y=8. You can put in an adjective for a theme. They pull up scenes that depict that. Pretty awesome.

I believe that all of us are understanding at times and are confused and without understanding at other times. Once you recognize the character trait of understanding in yourself and others, you’ll be able to personify understanding and misunderstanding or confusion in your own stories.

Which characters do you believe are wise?
Which characters do you believe are foolish?

The trick is not to describe them with adjectives in your writing, but to signify the adjective by your character’s actions.

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Wisdom: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t?


Wisdom Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

Wisdom Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

Here is the first of a series of blog posts about the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit. I’ll name 7 characters who have it and 7 characters who don’t. I’ll also give you synonyms and antonyms. Please feel free to think of characters with or without wisdom and put them in the comment area.

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are seven spiritual gifts, the first of which is wisdom.

Wisdom – Being wise; filled with knowledge. Synonyms for wise are smart, intelligent, sage, prudent, common sense, and knowledgeable.

Characters from Books, Movies, and TV shows who are wise:

  1. Yoda from Star Wars
  2. Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web
  3. Noah who built the Ark in the Bible
  4. Andy from the Andy Griffith Show
  5. Elle Woods grows in wisdom in the movie Legally Blonde
  6. Columbo in the television show Columbo.
  7. Mona Lisa Vito in My Cousin Vinny

Here’s a link I found to 50 quotes from different TV characters that short list.com thought worthy to mention:

http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/50-pieces-of-wisdom-from-tv-characters

The opposite of wisdom is foolishness. Antonyms for wise are naive, ignorant, dumb, inexperienced, foolish, careless, and irrational.

Characters from books, movies, and television who are not wise are:

  1. Barney Fife in the Andy Griffith Show
  2. The Boy in The Giving Tree
  3. Scrooge in A Christmas Carol
  4. Bird in Are You My Mother?
  5. George in Curious George
  6. Scarlet from Gone with the Wind
  7. Rumpelstiltskin in Rumpelstiltskin

Here’s The Top Tens.com list of the dumbest cartoon characters: http://www.thetoptens.com/dumbest-cartoon-characters/

I believe that all of us are wise at times and foolish at times. Once you can recognize it in other characters and people, you’ll be able to personify wisdom and foolishness in your own stories.

Which characters do you believe are wise?
Which characters do you believe are foolish?

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Alana Mautone Won a Copy of New Leaf for Lyle by Holly Jahangiri


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Thank you to the seven people who left a comment. I appreciate you very much. You make my blog come to life.
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7.    Alana Mautone

It is with pleasure that I announce that Random.org chose number 7 as the winner.

Alana Mautone, you won a free autographed paperback copy of Holly Jahangiri’s book, New Leaf for Lyle. Please send me your snail mail address so that Holly can send it to you (joanyedwards1@gmail.com)

Thank you, Holly Jahangiri for being a guest on my blog and for offering the free copy of your wonderful book and sharing your expertise with social media.

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Pat Rullo’s Interview of Joan Y. Edwards on Speak Up Talk Radio


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Oh my goodness. Pat Rullo emailed and asked me if she could interview me for Speak Up Talk Radio! I am very honored that she singled me out to ask for an interview. She’s taking care of her mother, so my book, Joan’s Elder Care Guide, was of special interest to her. I hope you’ll listen. Please listen to it and tell me what you think in the comment area for this post.

Here’s a link to Pat’s interview with me on Speak Up Radio: http://www.speakuptalkradio.com/joan-edwards/

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I hope you enjoy it. Pat asked me very good questions. She fell in love with my book, Flip Flap Floodle, too. After talking with Pat, I feel like I’ve found a new friend.

In case you’d like to have Pat Rullo interview you, here’s information to help you.

Each person who has an interview gives a donation which to fund the Sewport pillowcase project. They send handmade one-of-a-kind pillowcases to veteran shelters, women and children’s domestic abuse homes and animal shelters with each participant name as the donor. I think this is a great project. That’s one of the reasons I decided to do the interview.

If you would like Pat Rullo to interview you to highlight your product, service, talent, book or simply have something to say – Speak Up Talk radio will feature you on the Network for a full 52 weeks for $1.00 per week. You can also air your interview on iTunes, Stitcher (available in over 4 million cars) as well as on mobile apps iOS, Android, Nook, and Kindle Fire. Extra promotions on iHeart Radio available, too. What are you waiting for? SPEAK UP! Enjoy one of those few opportunities you have to talk about yourself to a very interested audience! contact pr@speakuptalkradio.com

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Sarah Maury Swan’s “An Interview of the Amazing Joan Y. Edwards”


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Sarah Maury Swan, Author of “Terror’s Identity,” honored me and I bow humbly because she did a blog interview of me. She said I was very encouraging. I’m glad because I do like to encourage people to Never Give Up. She even tackled this with a new computer and included pictures, too. Hurray for Sarah and her new computer. I hope you’ll drop by and read it and share your thoughts and similar experiences with us on her blog. Thanks.

Sarah has followed my blog for a long time and was one of the first people to join the Pub Subbers Yahoo group. Thanks again, Sarah.

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