Day 11: Knightly Kinfolk

Welcome to Day 11 of the A to Z Challenge. For this year’s challenge, I’ll be examining different types of characters that can be found in international fiction. Today I’m looking at knightly kinfolk.

Knightly kinfolk characters don’t have extraordinary worldly ambitions. Their exploits revolve involve the trying quest of having healthy relationships.

These characters tend to be often unsure of what to do and have journeys that highlight the importance of community during troubled times.

World of Uncertainty

These characters often take action, but are unsure if their actions are the right ones. Pete and Ellie in Instant Family, for example, have no idea what to do with three adopted children. They take steps and missteps and often find themselves in a counseling community. In the short story, “Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary,” a widower constantly questions his actions and compares his parental failures to the successes of his deceased wife. Lee Abbot in A Quiet Place struggles with knowing how to express love to his daughter.

Journeys that Highlight Community in Troubled Times

Although it isn’t always the case, these characters can at times go on journeys that highlight the importance of community in dangerous times. Lee Abbot’s journey shows the importance of love after loss in the midst of a horrific danger zone. Pete and Ellie’s journey reflects risks within the foster care system.

Although these characters tend to be the center of family dramas, they can also appear in various genres including science fiction and comedy. Other examples of knightly kinfolk are Seline in “An Amount of Discretion,” Shinoda Ryota in After the Storm (海よりもまだ深く) and Evelyn Abbot in A Quiet Place.

Are there other stories you’ve seen that contain knightly kinfolk?

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