Christian Writing – Plots Made Simple, Part 2
Another common plot is the "search for something lost" plot. The stories of the prodigal son and the lost sheep belong to this category, also the story of Joseph. All stories of buried treasure, of missing or stolen children, or of lost animals come under this plot classification.
James Russell Lowell in his beautiful poem "The Vision of Sir Launfal” describes a knight’s search for the holy grail, the cup out of which Jesus and His disciples were supposed to have taken the Communion at the Last Supper.
Sometimes the "lost" thing is something intangible, such as courage, peace, security, or communion with God.
Another common plot is called the "Pygmalion and Galatea” plot. This designation originates with an old Greek tale of a sculptor, Pygmalion, who fell in love with an ivory statue he had carved. Many notable books and stories have been written from this plot, which shows a man trying to make a lovable and responsive human being out of cold and almost
lifeless material. Somerset Maugham wrote such a story in Of Human Bondage. Kipling wrote another in The Light That Failed. The Bible story of Hosea and his wife Gomer is such a plot.
(Taken from my soon-to-be published book, Plot With Help From Mother Goose.)
Be blessed in The Name Above every name, Jesus! I know I am!
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