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10. Counteraction: Hero chooses positive action

 

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The hero now decides to act in a way that will resolve the lack, for example finding a needed magical item, rescuing those who are captured or otherwise defeating the villain.

Example

In Star Wars, Luke decides to join Obi-Wan in fighting the Empire.

Discussion

This is a defining moment for the hero as this is the decision that sets the course of future actions and by which a previously ordinary person takes on the mantle of heroism. Having made this decision, acting with integrity means that there is no turning back, for to do so would be to remove the mantle of heroism and be left only with shame.

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