• Blog Stats

    • 494,446 Reads
  • Contact Me

  • Pub Sub to Publishers or Agents

  • Joan's Elder Care Guide Third Place, Favorite Non-Fiction Book in 2016, P&E Poll

  • Buy Now: 4RV Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Park Road Books

  • Draft cover

  • Copyright Notice

    Copyright © 2009-2017
    Joan Y. Edwards and her licensors.

    Active since 0ctober 9, 2009. Thank you for reading and leaving comments on my blog.

    Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this
    material without express and written permission
    from Joan Y. Edwards is strictly prohibited.

    Excerpts and links may be used, provided that
    full and clear credit is given to Joan Y. Edwards
    with appropriate links to the original content.

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

Piety image copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

Piety image copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

“Piety: Which Characters Have it? Which Don’t?” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is Part 6 in a series of blogs about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Piety is a gift of the Holy Spirit.

Piety means holiness, reverence for God, saintliness, respect for the creator of the universe

Synonyms: respect, devotion, piousness, godliness, religious, fidelity, faithfulness, grace, passion for God, spirituality

Antonyms: disrespect, irreverence, atheism, treachery, faithlessness, ungodliness, overzealous, desperation, demon, sinful, evil

Fictional characters and true life people have both positive and negative traits. Sometimes these traits get tangled up in a battle within the person or with outside forces.  When you’re writing a fictional story, recanting a memoir, or putting a spin on a time in another person’s life, it helps to put things in perspective. What was it that spiraled the trait into a frenzy? What was the inciting incident that set two opposite goals or two emotions into a twirling pattern like a tornado in the character’s life. That’s what the readers want to know.  Your job as a writer is to put it in words that show the situation clearly so that readers feel the emotion and glue their eyes to the pages and don’t come up for air until the end.

Here’s a look at the fiction and nonfiction characters in books, TV, or movies with or without piety. When you read my list, you may not agree with the ones I listed. However, your mind will take you to visions of piety and evil at its highest level. When you have one character who is almost an angel and thrust him beside an evil one, there will be a change made to one or the other. It’s because hate and fear rattles the basic core of humanity.

Characters who have piety

  1. Serpico in the movie Serpico (biography) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070666/
  2. Mohandas K. Ghandi in Ghandi (autobiography, book, film) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083987/
  3. Anne in Diary of Anne Frank (autobiography, book, film) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052738/
  4. Helen Keller in The Story of My Life (autobiography, book) http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/821611.The_Story_of_My_Life
  5. Frederick Douglas in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (autobiography, book) http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36529.Narrative_of_the_Life_of_Frederick_Douglass
  6. Father Andrew in God’s Smuggler (Autobiography, book) by Father Andrew with John And Elizabeth Sherrill http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/824062.God_s_Smuggler
  7. Brent Jeffs in Lost Boy (Autobiography) by Brent W. Jeffs, Maia Szalavitz http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6314709-lost-boy

Characters who don’t have piety

  1. Jake La Motta in The Raging Bull (biography, book, film) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081398/
  2. Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (biography, book, film) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993846/
  3. Sue Sylvester in Glee (TV Series) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1327801/
  4. The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz (book, film) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032138/ 
  5. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights (book, film) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1238834/
  6. Professor Umbridge from Harry Potter series (books, films) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0241527/
  7. Bob Ewell from To Kill a Mockingbird (autobiography of Harper Lee, book, film) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056592/


You mean a lot to me. Thank you for reading my blog.

Please let me know your favorite characters with piety and those without it in any way, shape, or form.  Click below and scroll down to the bottom to comment. I appreciate you very much. 


Other Resources:

Gifts of the Holy Spirit Blog Series

Never Give Up
Live with Enthusiasm
Celebrate Each Step You Take

Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards


Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join over 360 Valued Subscribers and receive entertaining, encouraging posts PLUS 3 free gifts:

  1. Never Give Up image
    2. 20 Affirmations for Writers
    3. Ten Time Savers for Writers and Illustrators



2 Responses

  1. You have worked hard on this series and provided lots of food for thought. Thank you, Joan.

    This post caused me to think of when Jesus was tested by Satan. I believe we all experience times when we strive to follow right, God for believers, and fear grips our hearts or the enemy tempts us to do wrong.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Dear Linda,
    Thanks for writing. I value your opinion. I did work hard on this series. One more to go. You’re right. Even Jesus was tested by Satan. We all have a choice to follow God’s way or not. Sometimes it’s easy; other times, it’s very difficult.

    Celebrate you
    Never Give Up


I love hearing from you. To subscribe to comments, check the box below. Children 14 & older may comment (COPPA Law).

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: