So my daughter called me yesterday at work... the first time was to ask for reimbursement for something she wanted to buy school clothes-wise... then, not ten minutes later she calls back.
“Mom, you're gunna be so mad.”
|He doesn't LOOK dangerous... the little trickster...|
But I could tell she was scared, and while I miss a good 80% of human cues, I can recognize fear in my children and most of the time managed to not compound it, so I drew out the WHAT of what happened.
“I tripped over Joel and I fell... and the next thing I knew it, my elbow went through the wall. There's a big hole!”
Well see... I'm across town at my desk and am picturing a GIRL SIZED hole... It's not so bad... it is more an elbow sized hole...
It got me thinking about intent.
|The elbow-sized hole...|
But what a fabulous thing to play with in writing.
There are good characters who can have accidents, or do bad things for the right reasons... and there are bad characters who do bad things for the WRONG reasons... and then there are morally gray characters who do the right thing, for perhaps dubious reasons.
Also in shades of gray are people who THINK they are doing things for the right reason (often some authority—an institution, religion, belief system).
I feel like a one trick pony because I can think of Harry Potter characters for each of these profiles, but I am coming up short in the other books I've read... So I will go with it...
Good who has occasional accidents: Harry is most obvious, though one could argue with Sectumsempra he KNEW it was 'for enemies' so there was negative intent there, even if it was NOT the deadly intent that might have come out.
Full on BAD characters: Voldemort and Bella are the worst of it...
People who THINK they do right: Dolores Umbridge seems this way in OoP, though later seems truly evil in DH. Fudge, though, we can argue is willfully ignorant, which is wrong... Percy sticks to his guns
Do you have any favorite tales that center around INTENT?