Explain A Character’s Obsession

We used a brief back story to open a window into General Gore’s personality.

Buster’d been Gore’s secret companion from early childhood. His parents had made it known when he was born that soft, fluffy, or furry toys were forbidden gifts for their son, who’d someday achieve greatness. He was to learn self-preservation and leadership. Military marches lulled him to sleep in a nursery full of neatly-shelved maps, puzzles and toy vehicles of land, water and air.

To Gore’s grandmother, or Grammy, as she preferred, that was an outrageous decision on the part of her son-in-law, and a damnable weakness in her daughter. With a little subterfuge Grammy managed to be alone with her grandson long enough to present him his one and only plush toy. “Gore, I want you to have all my hugs when I’m not around to give them. She held out a fluffy toy rabbityle. “Here. His name is Buster. See, it’s right here.” She lifted the left ear and held it so little Gore could see the writing. “Buster gives lots of hugs.” Taking Buster’s furry ears she wrapped them around the two-year-old’s  arm. “See, he can hug you just like Grammy.” She gave little Gore a squeezy hug with Buster in between. “You’ve got to keep him hidden or Grammy’ll get into a lot of trouble.”

Gore didn’t want Grammy in trouble. From that day on, the game of hiding Buster became his obsession. The one accomplishment for which he never sought recognition.

Did this method work to characterize our insecure General?

How have you managed this type of characterization?

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