Heroes vs. Squires

Date: 2017-05-12 05:44 am (UTC)
flwyd: (xkcd don quixote)
From: [personal profile] flwyd
A hero is definitely a problematic model for this sort of situation. Heroes tend to be the protagonists of their own stories. But this story isn't about them, it's about you[1].

I think the squire is a better model for this. It's still your story, but now you've got a Sancho Panza who can clean your rusty armor and help you saddle up to fight the mischievous enchanter, even if he sees that there is no enchanter, he realizes it's his duty to prepare you for that battle. Or a squire servant like Samwise Gamgee who knows that only you can carry the terrible burden to Mount Doom, but at least he can cook up a nice coney so you don't starve on your way there.

Of course, some times even a squire gets in the way. Some battles must be fought alone. And a good squire recognizes that he's not the hero or the protagonist, so he sits out a chapter and makes sure there's a hot pot of soup when he comes back into the narrative.


[1] This is not meant to be direct advice to The Ferrett, but for whoever takes the second person pronoun when this sort of situation comes up.
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