So, I'm thinking about my latest work in progress, and I realize that one of my characters really has no business being at the end of it. Like, I don't intend to kill her or anything, but there comes a point in the story where she really should have completely given up but, for some reason, I never made that happen. Okay, some background. This girl, May, starts the story at 17. She grew up in a place where you either survive on your own, or you die. Because of this, the people of this land are born very physically strong. The problem is that she wasn't born in this land, but was abandoned there as a baby, so she isn't naturally as strong as the others and is considered a "runt." She would have died, but Arc took her in, and they kind of adopted each other. Fast forward to her being 17, and Arc has made friends from another land-they're Sarah, Jack, and JJ- one that's much less harsh than the one she grew up in. These friends are rebels trying to overthrow JJ and Sarah's father, the King, and Arc and May get recruited into their cause, leaving the land and going to a new one. JJ and Jack trained May to fight, and she grew very attached to the both of them, considering them to be siblings. Fast foward again to a few months later, and the King has found out about the rebellion. He goads May into attacking him, as this allows him to kill her without much social backlash. May, however, is horribly outmatched and is about to be killed. JJ steps in, allowing May to run away into the wilderness, but he gets killed himself. Jack is captured and Sarah and Arc are run out of the kingdom. The next part of the story follows May as she tries to get Sarah and Arc to save Jack with her. They refuse for their own reasons, so May goes alone. Jack's about to be executed when May gets there, so she steps in to help. She tries to get Jack to stand up with her, only to find out that Jack herself has given up and has accepted her death. This crushes May, as the work she's put in up until now has gone to waste, and she's beaten by the King now. She gets horribly burned by the King, and actually branded with the mark of the land where May was actually born (May resents the land where she was born, because it's known for how weak the people who come from it are. She resents this because she was raised, by Arc, to be strong and has been trying to prove to her homeland that she is.). This abuse spurs Jack into fighting again, and she manages to kill the King. The question is: This young girl (she's 19 by the time she gets maimed) loses one of her closest friends, looks to her other friends for help, only to find that they "betrayed" her (She sees it as a betrayal, but they had good reasons). And, when she finally goes to help the last person she has to turn to, that person has given up as well. Then she's horribly burned and branded and beaten down at the one moment where she needed prove her strength to herself. So, this should make her give up, right? Am I mistaken in thinking that this isn't something that can be bounced back from? (I should mention that the rest of the story only takes place over the time-frame of about two months) Edit: I should mention that, personality-wise, she's more child-like than she ought to be. Changing moods quickly as well as easily getting addicted to things, like sweets and alcohol. I guess the point is that she's not very mentally strong.