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

Counsel image Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

Counsel image Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

“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:

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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6 Responses

  1. A tough one, this, as it’s so close to the other two, but here goes: With1 Svengali, in George Du Maurier’s  ‘Trilby’.2 Prospero in ‘The Tempest’.3 Ford Prefect in ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’4 William De Baskerville in ‘The Name of the Rose’.5 Sherlock Holmes6 The Devil in Bulgarkov’s ‘The Master and Margarita’.7 Christopher, the degenerate, schizophrenic tramp in ‘The Rose Garden’, but I haven’t finished writing it yet! Without1 Ricky Pimm in Le Carre’s ‘A Perfect Spy’2 George Spigot (The Devil) in the original film ‘Bedazzled’ – the one with Dudley More and Peter Cook.3 Justine in Durrell’s ‘Alexandria Quartet.’4 Heathcliff in ‘Wuthering Heights’.5 Kathie in ‘Wuthering Heights’.6 Johnie Vulkan/Paul Louis Broum in Len Deighton’s ‘Funeral in Berlin’.7 The Pied Piper of Hamlin. PS thanks for the generous encouragement about my writing. Very kind of you! I just have to find a publisher who feels the same way!!!!Lorenzo 

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    • Dear Lorenzo,
      Thanks for writing. You are right. This one was tough. It took me a long time to get all the information and post this blog information about counsel. Thank you for your great insights about characters with and without good counsel.

      When we write we just pinpoint a small amount of time. In a lifetime, there are many times when we give good counsel, when we get good counsel, when we give bad counsel, and when we receive bad counsel. So we want to choose a time that meets the criteria for our stories to bring out the best on the good side and the worst on the bad side for contrast.

      Enjoy your writing.
      Never Give Up


  2. Your thorough research and the time you took to write and share are much appreciated, Joan! It made me stop to think of characters in my stories and real life. Thank you for this post.

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    • Dear Joan Reid,
      Thanks for writing. It’s so good to hear from you. You’re welcome for the time and research I spent on this blog post. It was worth it. I like to know as much of the whole story as I can. Many times we are familiar with one aspect, the positive part, but we don’t know as much about the opposite.

      I’m glad this post got you thinking about your characters and about real life. I hope it helps you enjoy living and your writing a little more.

      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up


  3. You have definitely filled these posts with lots of examples. Way to go, Joan!

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    • Dear Linda,
      Thank you for writing. It is good to hear from you. I am glad you think I filled the series with lots of examples.

      Never Give Up


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