You know, I would never do anything in the world to hurt my little girl. She is just so precious to me. When she was a little girl, she was my best friend. She used to sit at the end of my bed and listen to me with just the sweetest look on her little face while I told her about my day and that horrible man who was my boss. Och. To you know, he used to stand over my shoulder and claim he was looking at what I was doing, but I know he was looking at my chest. He used to make these horrible remarks to me, but my sweet little Norah would just say to me, "Don't worry Mama, I will let that bad man hurt you." I mean, isn't that just the sweetest thing?
She was such a good little helper, too. There were a lot of years there when I just wasn't like myself, before I got put on this Zo-loft from my doctor, and she would clean the house and make sure the garbage got taken out on time and make dinner every night--And the little thing couldn't have been more than 10 years old. She was such a good little helper and you know I love and treasure her so much.
The thing I don't understand now is her trying to leave. Why would she do that? She's only just now big enough and strong enough to really do some things around the house, and here she wants to leave. I don't know about you, but that just strikes me as ungrateful. Here I put a roof over her head for all of those years, paid for her to go to swimming lessons, made sure she stayed clean and well-fed... why, I don't know how she got to be so ungrateful. At least I can call her every day. I just don't know what I would do without that sweet, precious little face to talk to.
Write a monologue in which a character describes him/herself (I will pretend this is a female character from now on just for ease of writing out the exercise), her nature rather than her appearance. As her description develops, begin to make clear that her self-portrait is not accurate. She might, for instance, speak in a self-congratulatory tone about her humility, or she might mention events in her life to prove that she is a terrible person, when in fact they show she was justified in her actions. Remember Huck Finn's self-accusatory description of himself as a bad person for hiding his friend Jim, the slave.
By the way, all of these exercises are coming from The Writer's Idea Book by Jack Heffron.
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