This idea came from Sunday morning’s sermon. The preacher was talking about God’s story in terms of the Creation, the Fall, Redemption and Restoration, which we all know as the gospel:
God created, the creation fell, our relationship with the creator was broken; we are redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus and we’re restored to the relationship through belief.
Pastor Stewart then went on to say, we each have a creation, fall, redemption and restoration story of our own. We have a story of our origin, of a time we realised we had fallen or sinned, when we realised we needed a saviour and when our lives were restored, even though each of our testimonies is different.
This got me thinking.
In his essay, ‘ The Religious Meaning of Comedy,’ Nelvin Vos argues that it is comedy that most accurately embodies the Christian message. He goes on to say the Comic Plot is U- shaped: descending in to tragedy and rising again to end happily. He says the upward movement from misery to happiness is essential to the plot. The Comic hero assimilates into his society, while in Tragedy, the hero is isolated. (The Christian Imagination, Essays on Literature and the Arts – Leland Ryken, 1981, Baker Book House. p.241)
I have been involved with the characters of my fantasy novel for five years now, and I thought What if each of the character had that same four part story also?
It might just work. Here are some examples:
Try them with your own characters and let me know if you think it worked.