Monday, April 23, 2012

A-Z Challenge: T

First. Today is my birthday!! I am 22 years old. Man. :/ haha. I have to go to class today...until 8 tonight, so I'm not so enthused about the events of my birthday. Aaaanddd it's a Monday! 

Anyways, for today's "T" post. T is for Treason. 

I thought this would be interesting, as treason is usually a cataclysmic event in novels. Betrayal comes in all sorts of forms. It can be sibling betrayal, love betrayal, just plain evil betrayal. You can betray your government, your blood, promises. 

I think the one thing in common is the person never expects it. 

Now, why did I choose to talk about reason and how does it relate to my books? 

In a lot of ways. 

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The third definition of Treason, and one that might fit all my books is this one:  the betrayal of a trust or confidence: breach of faith;treachery. I think this definition can fit many things (like everything I listed above) and I like it because it's not limiting. 

Now, I deal with governments in my book as well, and pirates are considered traitors to the government. So, in this situation, this definition fits best: a violation of allegiance to one's sovereign or to one's state.


Now...forms of treason/betrayal: Mutiny. 

The definition of Mutiny is: revolt or rebellion against constituted authority, especially by sailors against their officers.

In the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack tries to get the crew of Black Beard to rebel. This is was considered a mutiny. 

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In a world not belonging to my pirates, like the world they fight, this is called revolt or a riot. lol. 

I think you can see a dynamic arising in the two worlds in my book--the pirates and the politicians. Isn't it interesting the different language we apply to good and bad groups? 

12 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday - sounds like a day you need a little mutiny of your own for some R&R.

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  2. Happy Birthday.

    Looks like you're going to have mutineers in your book!

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  3. Belated happy birthday. High treason is the term that applies to pirates as well as political rebels and spies, I think.

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  4. Happy belated b-day! Treason and betrayal have so many wickedly great possibilities in novels - from subtle backstabbing to outright rebellion.

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