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


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“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/

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit Blog Series

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

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


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“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

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

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


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“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.

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

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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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  • Part 7 Fear of the Lord (Awe)

 

*****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?


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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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