Resignation by definition
~ accepts/agrees that something is inevitable or right
~ goes along without resistance
To say that you are resigned to something implies that you were not always resigned.
I tend to think of resignation in the context of an unhappy or beaten person, but it occurred to me that this is not always the case. If you are resigned because you agree that the opposition is in fact right, then you may be happily resigned.
Resignation looks different depending on why the individual resigned themselves and how they feel about the inevitable.
A person resigned to the fact that they were going to die someday might still portray feelings of fear, sadness, anger, happiness or peace depending on why the person was resigned. (Did they have faith? Hate life?) The motivations for resigning are key to the mannerisms displayed.
When writing resignation I would ask
~ Why wasn't my character originally resigned?
~ What are the motivations/reasons for the change of heart/mind?
~ What is the resulting emotional/mental state?
What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any specific input on how to portray this emotion in writing?
Thank you all who have given me input thus far. I truly appreciate it and would appreciate any further light you could cast on the subject!
The emotion for this next week is Jealousy. Last weeks emotion was Grief.