Character Arc

Character Arc

Great writers of fiction give us far more dynamic characters than static ones. Change is relatable to us, since we know inconsistencies within ourselves. We love observing the process of growth in people, whether we’re watching Ebenezer Scrooge, Jean Valjean, Jack Shepherd, or our own children. On the other hand, the character arc is not always an upward trajectory. We also encounter the tragic downfalls of Macbeth, Michael Corleone, and Walter White. In its historical narratives, the Bible gives us plenty of examples of both directions the character arc can take.

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The Traits of the Wise

The Traits of the Wise

If you spend much time in the Book of Proverbs, you might imagine these teachings portrayed visually as a series of caricatures - most notably the WISE MAN (OR WOMAN) and THE FOOL. Jesus uses this same character dichotomy to tell a story of choosing foundations for one’s house (Matthew 7:24-27). Here’s some of how Proverbs presents the traits of the wise man. He knows the value of…

  • Tact (15:1)
  • Confidentiality (11:13)...
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