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Claire Tucker

Desertion Stories

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What stories, either books or movies, have the following rough plot line, either as the main plot or a sub-plot:

 

A character who deserts/runs away, for whatever reasons, later coming back and helping the main characters or becoming the hero. 

 

I know I have seen a movie or read a book with this plot line in it, but I can't remember which one. And I'm wanting to use this idea in my WIP, and just want to see how some others have done it. 

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I remembered this morning the story I was thinking of: "The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane. Amazing what a good night's rest does for your brain's functioning

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The Abandonment by Joshua Ferris I think it maybe what you are looking for? Doesn't exactly fit.

Story of a man who leaves his wife and then returns?

 

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21 minutes ago, Bob Leone said:

Story of a man who leaves his wife and then returns?

Sounds like it will have some ideas. Thanks, Bob :) 

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I feel like this is a plotline that shows up for "one episode" pretty frequently. For instance, on a TV show. I wish I had some examples!

 

I guess Han Solo kind of did this at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope! Though it was about a half-hour of a two-hour movie.

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