New posty posty

Ok, I thought we should just start a new post. Cuz.
Well, I like where we are going. The return idea is good, but still a bit too easy. I think we should make it more difficult for the character to get his soul back. He needs to lose something very very precious, or risk it somehow. I think he needs to trade his soul back with something of almost equal value. His ability to write? His own life? I’m not sure.
Something needs to change so that nothing can ever be the same again. Maybe he does lose his ability to write, but just when he falls into despair again with sadness and grief for his loss, he discovers that he was able to change one person with his writing throuought his ordeal without the aid of the devil.
I dunno, in the original story didn’t Faust have to do one thing that is inherently “good” to get his soul back? Perhaps it’s a mistake for him to want his soul back only because of his selfish reasons, there has to be something that is beyond himself. So that the audience sees him as a hero of sorts.
Hmmm… more thinking required.

J

haruru

2 Comments

  1. Yes, indeed, more thinking required. I just wanted not to make it too complicated, because we are not working on a feature, but rather on a short animation (how about 30-40 minutes? too short or too long?), but you are definitelly right about the ending being too easy for the character. The climax of the story needs some more struggling. I’m trying to think up something that would be relevant to today’s society: we already have automated phone answering system, device that translates figures of speech, and a setting of a modern city in which story takes place. And yet, we are reworking a classic, timeless story that is still relevant today.

    We are dealing here with a character who is seeking for his “self” – or for something else that will give him emotional and spiritual satisfaction which he can’t find in today’s world. Does he think the world is going to end? Is he in despair only because he can’t write? Does he sell his soul only because he needs some experience that would help him write better, or he wants something even more than that? Maybe he sells his soul because he is not religious and doesn’t think it will make any difference, but it actually does, because without his soul he has no emotions? Maybe he is finally with a woman, but can’t love her, even though his whole life he longed to be in love… ah ok, I need to think some more about this, it is just getting silly now.

    Well, lets see, maybe look at some similar heroes from literature…

    So… This motif of seeking for one’s self is one of the main themes in Hesse’s Siddhartha and also contained in Steppenwolf, where Harry Haller’s internal reality is constantly tested by external reality and it was up to the old man to find the balance between the life and art on the path to self-knowing. After a long agony in which he constantly tries to see himself as a human being and not merely as a steppenwolf always lonely and desolate, he starts going out with a little gang in something like cabaret or theatre, and only at the end is he at peace with himself and surrounding world.

    Or a magnificent character of Nikolai Vsevolodovich Stavrogin in Dostoevsky’s Devils (or The Possessed) is a person who is lacking the ability to distinguish between good and evil. He’s constantly testing himself and his conscience by being total rascal and behaving like he knows of no moral values. At the end, he hung himself. Dostoevsky here shows a hero who couldn’t go on without love and goodness in his heart.

    OK, let me think some more and I’lll continue with this.

  2. How about this: after our old dude sells his soul, his fish still speaks to him, but he doesn’t understand her. She appears to speak some foreign language that he never heard of.

    Also, what if he is failed fictional writer, but his theoretical / scientific essays have been published…? He wishes, however, to write fiction, but he just doesn’t have it in himself. I thought it would be good not to make him a complete loser.

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