“With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”

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(Quote from Uncle Ben in Spider-Man)

Many books, and many great tales, whether science-fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, or actual historical happenings, consist of the hero starting out as a “nobody”, or a person of low rank.  The hero is a humble farmer, a lowly peasant, the runt of the family, the nerd of the school etc..  These stories create a pleasing and encouraging sentiment that even the smallest people of society can make a big difference, and a difference for the better.  The chances of this happening is slim, but it is still possible, and the stories usually stress that the good or victory obtained by the lowly, humble hero come about through the morality of the hero’s choices.  We can see this in fantasy stories like The Lord of the Rings.  Frodo is a hobbit, small and weak in comparison to many off his own allies, and definitely puny in the face of his enemy, Sauron and his forces.  Yet, Frodo’s (and Sam’s) decisions to persevere bring about, in however a roundabout way, the defeat of their enemy.  Frodo is no king, no mighty warrior, and yet still it falls to him to destroy the Ring…and he does.  He is a great example of how the little people of society, and the most unlikely, can bring about the greatest change.

Other stories like The Inheritance Cycle feature heroes that come from lowly ranks of society.  Eragon is a farm-boy living practically in isolation from the rest of the world, and yet still he is chosen to be the next dragon rider and is given the task of defeating Galbatorix…and he does.    Even Katniss from The Hunger Games comes from the poor District Twelve and becomes a hero (I’m still unsure about heroism in The Hunger Games though…).  Luke Skywalker from the most famous Star Wars trilogy is supposed to be a boy, or a teenager, and he too comes from a poor family.  Luke is definitely a “nobody” until Obi-Wan Kenobi finds him.

Perhaps, you might think that my book won’t be any different.  These are all great stories; why would anyone want to divert from the path set by such wonderful examples, which are bound to lead a writer into success?  This is where the catch comes in, a question that should be asked: What about a story where the people in power actually do something for the good of the people?

Despite The Lord of the Rings when the people of power do give aid against Sauron (Aragorn, Theoden, Faramir), more often than not those who hold power in stories are always abusing it.  Look at The Inheritance Cycle, The Hunger Games, Star Wars, and more recently Divergent.  All of the governments, or rulers, are evil, and those in high places stick with the evil governments.

This is an interesting aspect of my book that I would like to proclaim, if I may be so bold.  On the first page of my first book, I state that Terren, the main character, is knight and lord of a town.  He is no lowly farm-boy, isolated teenager, or the weakest of his race (that last analogy relates to Frodo, but I know Frodo wasn’t the weakest of his race; I was just trying to stress the “weak” part, that’s all!).  What he IS is a person of power that endeavors to do the right thing.  He’s not lazy, he doesn’t abuse his power; he uses his power to help others.   Later in the book, beyond the first two chapters given on this blog, you will also learn that many of his friends are also people of royalty, and other figures of royalty help them along the way.  How interesting is it to see that finally, the people of power are doing something to change the world for the better.

Does this happen in our world?  Do our governments reach down to help us?  What are their motives for doing so, if they do?  Is so called “kindness” from our governments just an act?   Are there heroes among us in those that are wealthy or possessing power?

Not all are heroes in my book when they possess power and social rank, but the main characters are.  We discussed how the weak and lowly smite those who are strong when nobody expected it; now I give you the opportunity to see the strong and powerful return the favor, to see them do their part.  It is awesome and inspirational to see the “little guy” do something to change the world for the better, but how much better will society be if our leaders rise to the occasion to become something great for the world; to become heroes.



12 thoughts on ““With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”

    walt walker said:
    July 6, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Sounds interesting. I read a lot of fantasy growing up, and I remember growing tired of stories about the humble farm boy who didn’t yet know he was The Chosen One, or whatever. Nothing wrong with that type of story, but at some point you do want something different. Best of luck on your noble mission, thank you!

      Aul responded:
      July 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Thank you for the comment and the encouragement! I hope you stop by again!

    Michelle McGill-Vargas said:
    July 6, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Maybe the ones in power aren’t always protagonists because they aren’t easily relatable as the underdog. Sounds like your hero will be an interesting character, especially since it is a divergent from the usual fare. Good luck’

      Aul responded:
      July 6, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      That’s a good point! I hope you can still relate to my character however, even though he isn’t necessarily the “underdog”. Thanks for the comment!
      I hope you stop by again!

    belle★beckford said:
    July 6, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Very interesting! I’d love to read more. Good luck!

      Aul responded:
      July 7, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      Thank you! I hope you stop by again.

    Victoria Rosea said:
    July 7, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    I love you thoughts! And I SO agree! Your post makes me curious about your books, and I would love to read them, when you for me show that you are “outside the box”, and I mean this very positive!
    It is such a clever idea, and it is a very vital point. As I see it, most of the humanity follow the leaders, and I am in the belief that the world would be indeed more developed if we had genuine interested leaders! Without taking away the responsibility on each person, of course. Every choice we make is very important. Your thoughts reminds me of the book “Atlas shrugged” by Ayn Rand. If you haven`t read it, I recommend it. I love her twists in the way the society works. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
    All well, and keep on writing!
    Victoria Rosea

      Aul responded:
      July 7, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      Thanks for such a great comment! I’m glad my ideas appeal to you. And no, I haven’t read “Atlas Shrugged”, it sounds like a good read.
      Thanks once again,

        Victoria Rosea said:
        July 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Thank you Aul! Much appreciated feedback! I will indeed read more from you 🙂

        Aul responded:
        July 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        You’re welcome 🙂

    osgojay said:
    July 11, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    I love the idea of people in power using their power for the good. Does it happen in the real world? I like to think that there are politicians who have gone into politics for altruistic reasons and not just because of their career. As far as the little guy is concerned, we can all make a difference, just by remembering that we have an effect. So we might not set the world on fire, or go down in history, but we can make a difference to our families, friends, neighbours and the strangers we meet as we journey through life. Frodo from The Hobbit is a bit of a role model of mine. I’m enjoying your blog; you’re clearly a very bright and creative person.

      Aul responded:
      July 12, 2014 at 6:56 AM

      Thank you for the compliment!
      I like to think that our politicians are doing their job for the sake of helping others and not for just a career…but I’m sure that that is not always the case.
      I think Frodo is a great role-model too!!! I have no objection to the little guy making a difference, and you’re right when you say that making small differences are important.
      Thanks for the comment!

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