Roosevelt Theodore Franklin’s Humanism


This is a post about the central protagonist in my horror novel Maledicus: Investigative Paranormal Society Book I and his humanistic philosophy.

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( by Raphael ~1510)

“Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.”

John Donne from Meditation 17 (1624)

Roosevelt Theodore Franklin, the protagonist of my supernatural thriller and horror novel Maledicus: Investigative Paranormal Society Book I, is a retired history professor whose main area of study was the occult during the Renaissance. He paid special attention to Marsilio Ficino, Giovani Pico della Mirandola, John Dee, and Giordano Bruno. The work he holds in the most regard is Pico’s “Oration on the Dignity of Man,” a piece often considered to be the Humanist Manifesto, and one in which Pico asserts that human beings have the capacity to rise like eagles or sink into the muck like insects.

For Roosevelt, the Renaissance represents a time with an explosion of new ideas, confronting the…

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8 thoughts on “Roosevelt Theodore Franklin’s Humanism

  1. This so makes the point that when writing — especially novel-length works — characters tend to draw from your own library banks of knowledge to clothe themselves in this incredible detail you don’t remember knowing. And they thereby take on lives of their own, introducing themselves as whole and complete people… No wonder for good or bad, we as authors already like them!

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    • That is an excellent point–I certainly didn’t set out to give Roosevelt characteristics that are similar to me, but he certainly does come from somewhere inside me, and he does show himself to me as a complete person!

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      • Ands this is the very reason writers need to pursue so much knowledge….You never know what a character is gonna need…As well as why you write better characterization as you get older….it all becomes “write what you know” in spite of yourself!

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      • Again, that is an excellent point. All people, but especially writers, should learn as much as they can about the world, in as many directions as they can. It is one of the characteristics of the Renaissance Humanists that I admire–the desire to learn about many areas of study.

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  2. Roosevelt is a fascinating character and I love reading your excerpts from the novel that are evocative and compelling as are Sarah and Helen from your previous excerpts. Looking forward to more. I look forward to reading your book when it is published!

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