Archive for April 5, 2007

What Makes a Hero? Part 2

April 5, 2007


You probably got the drift from my last post that Trevor fits Aristotle’s mold for hero development better than Plato’s.

Well, if that’s what you thought you win a set of moldy encyclopedias!

Yep. Trevor is about as ordinary as they come.

Indeed, in early drafts I described Trevor as, “. . . the most ordinary boy who’d ever lived in this or any other world.”

After a while I decided to show it rather than tell it. Now he is introduced to the reader as one frightened kid — haunted by dreams, intimidated by bullies, and nearly friendless but for one important exception.

But there is one thing that distinguishes him in a positive way — it is his power of sight. We’re told he sees things others don’t. Where that power comes from is a mystery. But he doesn’t have it due to some wizard-like or demigod-like status yet to be discovered. If anything, it is a gift. A strange gift. He didn’t ask for it and he doesn’t want it.

I did want to show that he would grow in the story and the way I foreshadow that is by making him gangly. He must grow into his destiny.

So, Trevor is the sort of hero who becomes one because one is needed and he is chosen and in the end, because he choses to do what must be done.