this when a character is more easily forgiven for something because they where not of sound mind when they did it
So you’re a writer who wants to write a story about how we should forgive people who truly make omens for their actions…. But you’re afraid that the audience won’t be willing to give your murdered protagonist the benefit of the doubt no matter what you say, what do you do? Well, one thing you can do is establish that your protagonist was in some way not quite right in his head at the time of the murder. It doesn’t have to be enough for an insanity defence, it can even just be that he was drunk. It just has to be enough that the audience can tell themselves that he defiantly wouldn’t do it again because it’s scientific fact that his head is wired differently now.
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