“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
Adjectives: fearful, lazy, helpless, apathetic, spineless, wimpy
Characters with fortitude:
- Robin in the movie Robin Hood http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/robin-hood/empower-every-man
- Brooke Taylor Windham in Legally Blonde
- Captain Rafe McCawley in Pearl Harbor
- Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson in Pearl Harbor
- Billy Forester in How to Eat Fried Worms
- Anna in The King and I (Based on the book, Anna and the King of Siam)
- Juror 8 in Twelve Angry Men
- Cameron in Ferris Beuller’s Day Off at the end.
Characters without fortitude:
- John Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
- Prissy in Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- The Lion in Wizard of Oz
- Boss Hogg in Dukes of Hazzard TV Show
- Greg Heffley in Diary of a Wimpy Kid
- Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the beginning, and middle
- Francis Sawyer in Stripes.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit Blog Series
- 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/
- Part 3 “Counsel: Which Characters Have It? Which Don’t? https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/counsel-which-characters-have-it-which-dont/
- Part 4 Today’s post on Fortitude
- Part 5 Knowledge
- Part 6 Piety
- Part 7 Fear of the Lord (Awe)
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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