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The Underdog

imagesRocky, Rudy, Frodo Baggins, Lennie Small, Lisbeth Salander, Harry Potter, Oliver Twist, and many more…they are the underdogs.  We always root for the underdog.  The chips are stacked against them and the world mocks them, but we the reader know their struggle.  Plot lines in underdog stories usually involve an understanding of the underdog’s shortcomings, initial defeat, growth and gain, followed by a second defeat, contemplation of surrender, and eventual victory.  We associate our own shortcomings with that of the hero or heroine and reaffirm our conviction to never give up. Read the rest of this entry

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