Han Solo from "Star Wars: A New Hope"
Han is introduced as a scoundrel on the lookout for money, and maybe some daring stunts so he can brag about them later. Eventually he meets up with a beautiful princess whom he falls for. He asks his friend Luke "what do you think--do you think a princess and a guy like me..." and Luke answers "no". He also says to his friend Chewbacca "Either I'm beginning to like her (the princess) or I'm gonna kill her!". Yet the princess is selfless and sacrifices everything for the hope of freeing the galaxy from the galactic empire. This heroic naivete rubs off on Han, who at the end of the film comes back to save the day against overwhelming odds.This is a good example, but where are the MARKERS? What EVENTS influenced his transformation? I asked you to show me a MARKER, an event that got him on the path to becoming a changed person. I want you to be specific.
Samwise Gamgee from "the Lord of the Rings"
Sam starts off as a bumbling gardener who gets caught up in a great adventure solely because of his eavesdropping. There is no clear marker which makes him change, but rather his courage and spirit is revealed through a series of events. One such event is when Frodo runs away on a canoe, and Sam swims after him, even though he couldn't swim, which forces Frodo to pull him onto his canoe. Sam simply says "I promised Gandalf not to leave you, and I intend to keep that promise." He also makes a lengthy monologue at the end of the second film about why we fight ("Because there's still good left in this world, and that's worth fighting for"). At the end Sam not only carries the ring to the end of their quest, but he hefts Frodo up onto his shoulder as well. To a point I agree. However, what about the time when he starts learning sword play? If I remember, that is the first and most telling part of whats to come for him. That IS the marker that tells us Sam is going to defend Frodo. And one of the PAY OFFs to that is his fight with the spider.
Quade from "Total Recall" (the Ahnuld version)
Quade starts off as an honest and honorable working-class man. As events unfold around him and he finds himself in the middle of a deadly spy thriller, he still behaves as any other civilian would--lost and overwhelmed. The markers would be when he slowly realizes his innate skills as a super sleuth/assassin, and starts taking out droves of baddies, yet he still remains honorable. In the end, when he informed (by himself via a pre-recorded message) that he is only an imprinted false personality, and that he will be returned to his own original self, have lots of money, and get the babe to boot, he still resists and does the honorable thing (killing all the baddies). So in this instance the character's personality stays pretty much the same as when he's introduced to us, except he ends up being a superspy in addition to that.These are good examples JK! But when you do an exercise like this, Id like you to separate the MARKERS out from the rest of the text. It helps delineate the events and just gives a clearer example of WHEN the charaters transformation began.
These are good examples and some really good observations!