Here we go again! Today’s topic is SELF-REVELATION. Sounds like an episode of the Dr. Phil show doesn’t it?
Ask yourself what your character has learned about his or herself as a result of the battle. Remember, anyone who under goes pressure will undergo change to some degree… self confidence, strength, love, power, just to name a few possibilities.
Once the hero goes through this battle and gains this new perspective it must relate to his new understanding of life and himself. In other words your character must grow. He or she must be either better or in some cases worse than they were at the beginning of the story. Think Emperor Palpatine. In the beginning of the Star Wars saga he is powerful and he is wicked, but, by the time we see him in Return of the Jedi he is completely consumed with evil and much more powerful than he was the 20 plus years prior to Luke being born. Growth, good or bad, it just has to be.