Ok. First I am really going to try and include all important details in the OP. I keep failing at that. lol. Ok So I have a character(Kerrin). She was a bad person for a long time(200 years). She was bad as a coping mechanism that she developed from emotional trauma and partly believed she was doing the right thing at least at first. I think as time went by the coping mechanism aspect completely took over. She coped by not taking the world seriously. Cracking jokes constantly by not letting life be real her inner pain faded. Also making sure she wasn't the victim even if that meant being the abuser. She dies. In the later life the people there try and revitalize the spark of good in her. The person doing this does so by forcing her to relive her old life pre-trauma(illusion). After much thought it seems the idea here is that he is reminding her of who she was and that who she was would be sickened by who she became. 1. Do you think this sounds like a valid way to reform her? If not what do you think the guy should have done. 2. I was thinking of adding a scene where the man uses the illusion to actually create a fake Kerrin that would represent her old self. Idea being that in a sense her old self is yelling at her. Would that be too much show? I mean I think that is what is happening. Where it is an illusion or just the thoughts in her head. Do you think showing them bicker or fight in an illusion is a good way to do this scene? Or do you think just her the effect that her internal battle is having on her is better? 3. If you think an illusion is the way to go what kind of attitude do you think the fake Kerrin should have. My original thought was angry but since Kerrin spent her whole like practically making jokes as a way to repress the truth I thought disappointed might be more successful approach. Thoughts?