Get Our App! The people who love him most quickly learn to understand him. The point, other than, maybe, the first one. I wanted to say every swear word my mother had ever taught me not to say. The non-speaking character will need to shift rocks or pound on the door or do something else to alert a rescuer. Your mute character will be alone in a way that most characters in your fantasy world will never experience. I focus on the things they do, the actions they take, and how they respond to another character’s distress or frustration or other emotion. Sign language can be a communication aid for people with aphasia. But there’s no reason to just clap down complete silence. Like if I don't talk or yell or scream or laugh I'm going to explode. I’ve read a very few stories like that. What happens when he’s trapped? Deaf people have been more in the spotlight than you know. Personally, I think it’d be much more interesting to follow someone after he loses his tongue, instead of following the person who kills the evil queen or duchess or landlord. One of the most famous women on Earth, Helen Keller was not born deaf or blind. But will a Wise Old Mentor who just snatches up the first candidate to save the world know the meaning of the angry gestures she’s making at him, demanding to know why he took her away from home? I think the easiest application to help people understand what quorum sensing is and why it's important to study is to tell them that if we could make the bacteria either deaf or mute, we could create new antibiotics. But, man, explore this in a fantasy world and you have got all the internal conflict you ever could ask for. That got longer than I expected, and more serious. Her good twin was not bad at all. 4) Context. I’m sure there’re others I’ve missed. “Tell me where the swans go in the winter, “If you really want to be different, you'd better keep quiet and be a good person on the inside.”, “We didn't say or write anything for a long time. Born-mute main characters are extremely rare. Consider: If he writes, what happens if he doesn’t have something to write on or with? But, if your character was stricken with mostly silence, but not complete silence, you have the opportunity to land somewhere in the middle. (See below, under “Communication.”) Not taking such an obvious step around the rules produces its own set of problems, of course, since there aren’t many novels where the hero doesn’t speak. A lot of the time it almost feels like I'm suffocating.”. My main reason for including it is that so many fantasies with mute characters seem to assume a centralization that doesn’t exist. I suppose you could ramp it up by making the mute person also the savior of the world, but you wouldn’t have to. But it didn't feel like that with Samantha. Just a note: This rant includes all the types of non-speaking characters I could think of, not just those born mute. Another is whether she has the ability to draw or write, or the materials that will let her do so. The hectic circumstances under which most fantasy protagonists leave home barely allow for a change of clothes, let alone a chance to be sure that someone in the party speaks the same language you do. Or they can be made objects of pity, especially if they’re suffering insanity. How does he cope with the looks of pity and horror he’ll get, and the quick, nervous apologies from people who forget he can’t talk? …Yeah, now I think I understand a little more about why so many authors turn to telepathy. How do you get it across? A speaking character who gets caught in a dungeon or a cave-in still has the ability to yell for help until she’s hoarse, unless she was gagged first—and then all she’d have to do is remove the gag. Like you needed to say something to fill the empty space in the air. The people who love him most quickly learn to understand him. In fact, he’s so infamous that one time over in night court when he was being arraigned for attempted murder, nobody even laughed when the judge told him that he had the right to remain silent. Intelligent but non-speaking animals are around in many fantasies. There are very few authors who use mute heroes. We would love to chat with her. Or what if she leaves her village and travels somewhere without taking an interpreter along? Ah, yes, the big problem. I wanted to let a gut-wrenching howl rip from my disfigured throat toward those clouded skies. Quiet is peace. The real power of silence is in the works of silence!”, “Lend your ears to the deaf, your eyes to the blind, your hands to the weak, your tongue to the mute, your mind to the perplexed, and your heart to the weary.”, “In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Mute Cyclops is the Eunuch King.”. If Mama asked Max to deliver a package to the Devil, Max would go straight to Hell. Most fantasy characters with their tongues cut out are not the heroes of their own stories. to express yourself online. Most characters who can’t speak, period, for whatever reason—unless they’re animals—get mentioned in the narrative as “strange” for not laughing, or not sobbing aloud, or not joining conversations, or keeping their thoughts to themselves, or speaking with their hands. These 21 people share what it means to live life without a voice. The trials of being mute go beyond slight annoyance. Writing complicates and slows matters, and there’s always the chance that the person who’s waiting for him to spell out his thoughts will get impatient and leap ahead, trying to second-guess him and finish the conversation. Perhaps, after all, your mute character does not have to go through so much. Be very careful with mute characters, or you’re going to wind up treating them as exotica, in the way that disabled characters are often portrayed when they’re not the heroes. But I feel I have to say it. We hope that one day Limyaael sees this and reaches out to us. These 21 people share what it means to live life without a voice. The point, other than, maybe, the first one. Deciding on the cause of their muteness will influence the way you handle them. There are sticks and sand, of course, but that’s going to be hell to someone who’s used to working with a quill and paper. No seriously, do it! Once again, your choice. How does he become anything other than a walking testimonial for OMGEVIL? It’s as though not being able to speak aloud is seen as an intractable strangeness, one the authors can’t deal with. Today, people call it scarlet fever or meningitis. 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