16.45: World and Character Part 2: Moral Frame
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Fonda Lee, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler
Let’s follow up on character biases with an exploration of moral frame. When we say someone is “morally gray” or “morally ambiguous,” what we’re really talking about is the way they fit into the moral frame defined by society. In this episode we talk about that frame, and how we can apply it, through our characters, to our worldbuilding.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.
Homework: Come up with a list of 4-6 “morally gray” characters from your favorite stories. Attempt to identify whether they are acting in opposition to, or in accordance with, their society/group’s moral frame.
Thing of the week: The Traitor Baru Cormorant, by Seth Dickinson.
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