Part I in this two-post series started with two questions:
motivates your characters to act?
Do all (or
most) of your characters (not just your primary ones) have desires that
motivate them to action?
Fear is a
common motivator. This post looks at another: love.
Love as a Motivator
In the Disney
movie Frozen, Elsa and Hans act out
of fear, with largely disastrous consequences. On the other hand, Anna and
Kristoff act out of love.
Anna, kept in
the dark most of her life about her sister Elsa’s magical powers, is
justifiably hurt by Elsa’s indifference toward her. However, when Elsa loses
control and runs away, Anna doesn't hesitate to go after her.
motivates Anna to put herself in harm’s way for Elsa, to reassure Elsa that
they’ll work together to solve the problems, and even to protect Elsa from a
initial motivation may be personal (his ice business), but by the mid-point of
the movie, he’s acting out of attraction to and even love for Anna. Attacked by
wolves, he sacrifices his sleigh to save them. He’s never far from Anna as she
climbs a cliff face (falling off into his arms) and meets her sister Elsa (who
freezes Anna’s heart).
act of love is when he races Anna back to Arendelle so she can get a
life-saving kiss from her true love, and then when he returns to the kingdom
when her life is endangered.
Love is an
equally powerful motivator for character actions.
Are any of
your characters motivated by love? What actions do they take that are motivated
by love? Are there other desires that could motivate your characters to create