Film Stories: Bird in a Cage



It’s no secret that I love stories, whether that’s movies, tv shows, books, etc. Characters can have a lot to teach us, and that’s really cool to discover. I wrote this as an appreciation for the character of  Laurel Lance from Arrow, one of my favorite shows. I think she is one of the most underrated characters on the show.

  1. Fight for what is right and for justice whenever you can.
  2. Support the ones you love no matter what.
  3. Rise above other’s expectations of you, don’t focus on their perception but instead just cultivate your strengths. Be yourself.



She was a fighter.
Fire in her eyes, always part of the surge forward.
Never content for one single second to let justice slip out of hand.
Caring, with a warm heart underneath the warrior soul.
And you’d better believe that she had won.
Nothing, not her own broken histories, damaged relationships, shattered windows, could hold her back.
Spinning in circles and trying to learn to let go.
She was ever trying to grow, ever seeking to become better.
Persistent, intelligent, strong.
Fierce in beauty and determination.
This is why letting her go was the end of the storyline as we know it.
She had complexity.
Never shifting around without a purpose, always revealing more layers of character and poise.
Insight gave her a perspective, watchful eyes helped her point others in the right direction.
Just another casualty of the worst of wars.
The kind fought in your hometown where those you love are in danger.
But ever present, never believing that surrender did anything good.
Perceptive about the condition of other’s hearts.
Gentleness underneath the take-it-all exterior.
She deserved better.
Others tried to hold her down, to put her into a small corner.
But even in the corner she fought brilliantly.
Gaining respect and admiration clearly.
Nothing was given, it was all earned.
But long live her delicate strength.
The bird has been set free, and she will sing outside the cage.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. VERY interesting article. Characters can definitely teach us a lot, I think that’s the best thing about a good show with decent character development. I think that Laurel’s become a stronger character with every season. Interesting read. Are you currently sharing your work on any other movie/tv platforms?


    1. Sorry for the late response. Yes, I definitely agree to the point that characters can teach a lot. That’s why I like shows like Arrow that develop characters pretty well. I am not sharing my work on other platforms, just writing away for fun when the inspiration strikes. 🙂 Thanks for reading!


      1. No problem at all. Well, if you’d be interested, i’d love to help you get your work seen on Moviepilot/Creators. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail if you’d like me to respond on that. You can find my contact details on my blog. Would love to hear from you. 🙂


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