Good Omens – plot and characters

Good Omens is a novel written my Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.  It is a fun novel though rather confusing with the British humour and many characters.  Overall, the fictional book does a good job of examining ideas surrounding destiny and one’s future.


 Novel Title: Good Omens

 Plot Archetype: Adventure

 Plot Outline (evidence): The story, Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, is a story about the coming Armageddon.  An angel, Aziraphale, and a demon, Crowley, after spending many years on Earth, find themselves not looking forward to the Armageddon and a war between heaven and hell.  They simply like Earth too much.  They set out to foil the plans of the Armageddon without directly disobeying their superiors.  With the birth of Satan’s son, the boy who will bring the Armageddon, Crowley and Aziraphale decide to meddle with the boy’s upbringing, hoping to save the Earth from its end, at least for another decade.  After a mix up, Crowley and Aziraphale interfere with the wrong child while Adam, the actual son of Satan, grows with a normal childhood.  The story continues with the preparation of the world’s end and the journey to find correct boy.  Aziraphale and Crowley do eventually find Adam and at the climax of the novel Adam refuses to bring the Armageddon.  The world is saved and the balance between good and evil in life continues.

The plot fits the adventure archetype as the story centers more around the actual events happening than the characters.  Although as a reader, one does come to know a variety of characters well, the story is not directly involved with one character’s emotional journey as much as in a quest plot.

 Character Archetype: Adam Young – Hero

 Character Description (evidence):  Adam Young is not a typical hero as a result of being Satan’s son.  He is not an evil boy but he loves to get into mischief.  Adam has supernatural powers but his greatest strength is his humanity.  It is his humanity that leads him to save the world at the end of the novel.  

 Character Archetype: Crowley – Trickster

 Character Description (evidence): Crowley is clever and generally delights in sabotaging people.  When he learns of the coming Armageddon, he is saddened at losing Earth because he realizes, he quite likes it on Earth.  While the mission of stopping the Armageddon is self serving, by stopping the world’s end, he will save the Earth and the people on it.  As a trickster, Crowley seems able to survive anything even driving in a flaming car while holding it together with his powers.



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