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Some works of fiction feature ghosts with a mission that challenges the protagonists on their goals because of the demands and conditions they require to move forward to where they are supposed to be.

David Witherington Stewart’s Psychic Redemption: Spiritual Quest for Truth follows Bonnie McConnell, a paramedic, as she gets possessed by the spirit of sixteen-year-old Julie Gustafson. Julie uses Bonnie’s body to navigate the world of the living in search of her lost child. The sixteen-year-old died during her labor, so she did not have the chance to see her child.

Ghosts in fiction tend to have a mission that could help or challenge the protagonist in achieving the goal. Here are some ghosts with a mission across the universe of fiction:

Dr. Malcolm Crowe (The Sixth Sense)

Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist, who works with a case involving a child named Cole. Cole reminds him of his former patient, Vincent, who shot him and accused him of preventing the patient from recovering. Cole’s mother is concerned because there are signs of physical harm that mysteriously appear on him. At first, Malcolm thinks Cole has schizophrenia but considers dropping it when he learns that Cole “can see dead people,” an ability Vincent used to have.

Malcolm helps Cole cope with his fears, which allows them to help haunt the ghosts of their unfinished business. It is later revealed that Dr. Malcolm Crowe himself was a ghost with an unfinished business.  

The Holy Ghost (Fleabag)

Fleabag is a TV series based on a one-woman comedy show, following the namesake. Fleabag, the female protagonist whose real name was never mentioned, falls in love with a priest. In one of their make-out sessions, framed images get knocked out of the wall seemingly reminding them not to do the deed. It heavily suggests that The Holy Ghost sends them a sign to keep in their direction as a lay woman and a priest of the church.

Related: Angel of Mortality by David W. Stewart: The Next Big Step

Jacob Marley and Spirits of Christmas (A Christmas Carol)

A Christmas Carol is a classic story by Charles Dickens, following Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is an aging miser who dislikes Christmas and does not accept his nephew’s Christmas Eve dinner invitation. In the story, Scrooge is visited by Jacob Marley’s ghost, his long-time business partner who died seven years prior. Jacob tells Scrooge of the things that can happen if he stays unwelcoming to the joys of the holiday season.

Following this visit, Scrooge had a glimpse of his life through the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come. The ghosts’ visitation made Scrooge realize so many things in his life and brought him a chance to change his ways.

Mufasa (The Lion King)

Remember who you are…”

Mufasa’s ghost, Simba’s father in The Lion King, took a form in the clouds when Simba was distressed about his fate as the supposed king of the Pride Lands. He reminds and encourages Simba to accept his kingly duty and return to his homeland to defeat his uncle Scar’s control of his kingdom.

Gengar (Pokémon)

Gengar is a ghost/poison-type Pokémon that aids a Pokémon trainer in a battle using its ghastly and toxic abilities and powers. Its mission is to help its trainers defeat other trainers to level up, compete, and collect badges. Moreover, this ghost can mean the playful and mischievous side of a person when setting and trying to achieve a goal. Lastly, Its playful nature often causes itself to invite trouble.

Sam Wheat (Ghost)

Sam Wheat is a banker who was killed when he tried to protect his girlfriend, Molly, from the muggers. Instead of going with the angels to go to heaven, his ghost goes to see Molly. Sam tries haunting Molly’s apartment to let her feel that he is looking after her. Sam’s activities led him to protect Molly from criminals, proving his love and his presence.

Casper (Casper, the Friendly Ghost

Casper McFadden is a lonely ghost of a kid who died from pneumonia when he was 12 years old. As a ghost, he remained to be friendly and helpful with a girl named Kat. Casper has no memory of his life or his unfinished business. Kat helps him find it to let him pass to the afterlife. It is later revealed that Casper remained on Earth to be in his father’s company while the latter tried everything to bring his son back to life. Later, the machine did help Casper manifest into his original human form before passing on to the afterlife.

What are other works of fiction that feature ghosts with a mission that you know?

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