MAGIC STAR OF DRAMATIC WRITING

Magic Star

CHARACTER


Christopher Vogler

Are the characters drawn from the ancient patterns of personality that are the shared heritage of the human race, i.e., the archetypes . .
  • hero
  • mentor
  • threshold guardian
  • herald
  • shapeshifter
  • shadow, and
  • trickster?

Does each character have a . .
  • psychological and
  • dramatic function in the story?

Does the hero grow and change, making a journey from one way of being to the next, from . . .
  • despair to hope
  • weakness to strength
  • folly to wisdom
  • love to hate, and
  • back again?

Do the characters develop gradually through an arc, tied to the pattern of the hero's journey, that includes . .
  • limited awareness of a problem
  • increased awareness
  • reluctance to change
  • overcoming reluctance
  • committing to change
  • experimenting with first change
  • preparing for big change
  • attempting big change
  • consequences of the attempt (improvements and setbacks)
  • rededication to change
  • a final attempt at big change, and final mastery of the problem?

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