T for Temptation – #atozchallenge
Temptation is another theme that is as old as sacrifice.
I like to think that it dates back to the Garden of Eden, the same way that sacrifice could.
There is no true sacrifice if there is no other option – there always has to be a tempting way out for the decision to be of any power.
The thing about temptation is that it only has much power of you as you let it have.
One story that I think portrays this very well is the movie Labyrinth.
First off, if you haven’t seen it, you must. The 80’s music is hysterical, but the story itself is magical. Literally.
For those of you not familiar with the story, it’s about a young girl named Sarah. Her father and mother are divorced, and her father has remarried. She has a step-brother named Toby.
Sarah is a typical, spoiled teenager. She gets stuck babysitting far more often than she likes, and feels that her father’s new wife is the evil step-mother in her life. Angry and tired of feeling like she’s being walked all over, Sarah makes a wish for the Goblin-King to take Toby away. Much to her surprise, he does.
What ensues is a race against time and magical foes to rescue Toby – who she’s realized that she actually loves very much – and the Goblin-King throws every temptation he can think of at her. Sarah won’t win until she realizes that the Goblin-King actually has no power over her at all.
Temptation can really be anything – for Sarah, it’s the option of a life of her choosing (thanks to the Goblin-King’s magic), and even the Goblin-King himself.
Temptation only has one purpose in a story, though – to make sure your characters are truly committed to their path.