The first entry, subtitled An Unexpected Journeywas to me a major disappointment.
In contrast to the Main Character, the Influence Character is not the lens through which the audience experiences the story. Instead, the Influence Character challenges and prods the Main Character to consider another path, thereby also forcing the audience to rethink their point of view.
In Dramatica theory an overly complicated but sometimes useful narrative framework this secondary character, the Influence Character, provides an opposing alternative worldview from that of the main character.
Through the interactions between the Main character and the Influence character, the story is allowed to develop and exercise its major themes. It is the influence character who forces the main character to grow and even change course, creating the gut-punching drama needed for a great story.
One familiar example given in the book is Star Wars. The influence character is Obi-Wan Kenobi, a wisened Jedi, who pushes Luke to learn the ways of the force.
Luke wants to do something with his life: He is young and headstrong, wanting to become a Jedi quickly so he can fight. Kenobi is a retired Jedi, wanting Luke to complete his training but also wanting Luke to slow down and invest the years of quiet meditation and self-restraint it takes to become a Jedi.
Although they both have the same goal stopping Vader and overthrowing the Empire their relationship exhibits two possible means of getting there: The Influence Character model works pretty well with Star Wars, but does it hold up with other stories?
And speaking of Star Wars, the Luke-Kenobi relationship is only a small fraction of the great drama of the movie. Is Kenobi really that unique and special of an influence character? What other movies out there can help us test this concept of the influence character? Any movie that has two central characters who are at odds with one another but forced to work together is a probably a good candidate.
Woody believes that Andy has a special connection to his cowboy and is happiest when playing with him. In his jealousy Woody does the unthinkable, pushing Buzz out the window and accidentally stranding himself as well.
For the rest of the film Woody and Buzz learn that they share the same goal of making Andy happy and fulfilling their duty as faithful toys. In their adventures outside the house the two learn from each other and eventually forge a deep friendship and mutual respect in spite of their different approaches.
Ultimately Woody changes through the influence of Buzz and decides to focus on being the best possible toy for Andy even if that means he is no longer the favorite. This works well with the influence character theory.
Woody and Buzz, who both share the mission of making their owner Andy happy, disagree on the method and yet manage to become friends and learn from one another in the process.
Kirk is an arrogant emotion-driven cadet while Spock is a calculating logic-driven commander. Both are the best Starfleet has to offer but their vastly different approaches lead them to butt heads almost immediately. When a decisive crisis befalls them, the pair spar openly.
The human goes with his gut, the Vulcan sticks to his rational assessment. Officially in charge, Spock ejects Kirk from the Enterprise leaving Kirk to find his way back to ship.
This is great drama, two beloved fan-favorite colleagues forced into a situation where they cannot get along. This relationship is expanded further in Star Trek Into Darkness. Under his influence, Neo decides to leave the Matrix and discovers a new reality he could never have imagined.
However Morpheus is convinced that Neo is the One an anagram for Neo while Neo is certain that he is just an ordinary guy, not at all what Morpheus is looking for. Morpheus is defined by his faith in the One. In contrast, Neo is defined by personal experience and the self-knowledge that he is really quite ordinary.
Their two incompatible worldviews form the central dramatic relationship of the movie. This all comes to a climax when Neo, still not believing himself the One, goes back into the Matrix to rescue Morpheus from certain death, thus becoming the One he never thought he would be.
One examples that come to mind are The Hobbit: But who is the Influence Character? The two obvious ones are Gandalf and Thorin, but both seem to represent opposite views and have quite a different relationship with the young hobbit.
He firmly believes himself a homebody. For the first section of the movie, the influence character is clearly Gandalf.Last time, I did a Bilbo, Azog, and Necromancer division.
Even though Azog's role is reduced here, it falls under the grandfather clause,so Bilbo for stuff from the book, Azog for LOTR, added stuff, and Necromancer for Tolkiens notes stuff. The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again (Book): Tolkien, J. R. R.: Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, becomes a thief for a band of dwarves and soon finds himself in the midst of a war with the evil goblins and wargs, and forced to make a decision between the call of duty and the pull of the simple life.
Character types Bilbo's Character Types Bilbo is a protagonist character because, he is the main character and takes the most action in the story. Protagonist Main Bilbo is a main character in the story because he found the Ring which was an important part along with other things.
Bilbo is also the most likable character. The Spiritual World of the Hobbit - Kindle edition by James Stuart Bell, Sam O'Neal. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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But in execution, expanding the Hobbit story means broadening the focus far past issues that concern Bilbo Baggins, to the point where the title character feels like an afterthought in his own movie.