Saturday, 30 April 2011

ZEALOUS - Arlee's A to Z - characteristics

Chinese symbols for zealous - encapsulate the spirit of the word.

Zealous includes the concept earnest, enthusiastical, ardent, enthusiasm, zeal, eagerness and pathos.

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Zeal is an intense, all consuming emotion.

This character:
  • doesn't care if he lives or dies
  • if he has health or becomes sick
  • if he has, or maintains, his wealth or if he loses all and becomes poor
  • doesn't care what others think or if others take offence
  • if people think he is wise, or foolish
  • if he gets blamed, or praised
  • whether he get honoured, or is heaped in shame

A zealous character cares nothing beyond the object of that zeal.

It is not enough to say that he is earnest, uncompromising, wholehearted and fervent. He only sees one thing, he cares for one thing, he lives for one thing, he is swallowed up in one thing. 

A zealous person makes an ideal antagonist because he is focused on the subject of his zeal to such an extent that nothing and no one is safe if it challenges the object of his ardent feelings

4 comments:

  1. Elaine, we did it! Congratulations! I have an award for you!!

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  2. Hi Elizabeth
    YEAH!! Congratulations back to you too.
    Thank you for my award. - ooh I'm looking forward to collecting it. :)
    It has felt like a very long month.

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  3. Congrats on getting to z! :-)

    Zealous characters are interesting to write, I think. It's interesting to explore what makes them tick.

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  4. Hi Misha
    Thank you. :D
    I thought the alphabet would never end. I had to cram a few letters into a very short space of time. Being limited by letter and subject made the research and the writing of every post twice as long as normal.

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