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Knowledge: Which Characters Have it? Which Don’t?

Knowledge image Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

Knowledge image Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

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

This is the Part 5 in a series of blogs about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Knowledge means information, data, skills, facts derived from experience or education.

Synonyms are: awareness, consciousness, realization, perception, grasp, know-how, the inside story, familiarity

Antonyms are: unaware, naive, inexperienced, clueless, innocent, ignorant, stupidity, inability, unskilled

As I was thinking about movies, books, and television shows with characters who were knowledgeable or clueless, it was interesting that with most of these characters, there were times in the story where they were very aware and other times when they weren’t. This could be as a result of a character growing or having a setback. It could also show the ironies in a human life. In your stories, you are only showing a slice of life during a certain time in a character’s life in a certain place. Therefore, it’s possible for them to excel in knowledge or be completely clueless in this experience and not in another. The Absent Minded Professor shows the irony of a man who’s very smart, but absent-minded. When you magnify the little quirks in people, it makes for an interesting story. Think of a trait you can magnify or diminish to make a character everyone may love or hate, but one they’ll remember. Unforgettable characters make readers keep on reading.

Characters with knowledge

  1. Dr. Emmett Brown of Back to the Future http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088763/fullcredits/
  2. Wayne Szalinski in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097523/
  3. Claudia Kincaid in From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070079/fullcredits?
  4. The paperboy in Better Off Dead http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088794/
  5. Miss Sue in The Blind Side http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0878804/fullcredits
  6. Noah in Noah http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1959490/fullcredits/
  7. Isaiah Edwards in Little House on the Prairie books and TV series http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071007/

Characters without knowledge

  1. Truman Burbank in The Truman Show http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120382/
  2. Wayne Szalinski in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097523/
  3. Junie B. Jones in the Junie B. Jones book series
  4. Bill Gambini in My Cousin Vinny http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104952/fullcredits/
  5. Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne in Dumb and Dumber http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109686/fullcredits
  6. Ebenezer Scrooge in The Christmas Carol http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029992/fullcredits/
  7. Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070016/fullcredits/

“Top 10 Movies That Will Change Your Life:” https://faizmills.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/top-10-movies-that-will-change-your-life/

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Please let me know your favorite characters with great knowledge or ones who are clueless about the world where they live.  Just click below and scroll down to the bottom to comment. I appreciate you very much. Good luck with your writing or illustrating.



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2 Responses

  1. Joan,
    I enjoyed your comments about irony often accompanying this trait.


  2. Dear Linda,
    Thanks for writing. It’s a pleasure to hear from you. I’m glad you enjoyed my comments about how irony often accompanies the trait of knowledge.

    Celebrate you
    Never Give Up


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