One of my male characters kills their lover/son's mother to save his son. The mother tried to kill their son. I wanted to make this a gray area in the story. My only fear is that people will not like his character afterward but at the same time I don't care. I was planning on this a very long time ago as a tension builder/high stakes plot for this character development arc. For a person who thinks murder is unforgivable: (Not counting military warfare) Hypocritical huh? So in your opinion on this would it be a good way to up the tension in my story and make heroes and villains grow closer to a gray area? Or is this one of those (hate using this term) "unforgivable" and thus break the reader from connecting with the anti hero/hero of the story? Hypocritical as my statement may be, I'm actually looking for feedback on this particular topic (Murder) for a reason. So the questions would be: How would you keep a character relatable to the audience after such a crime? How do you keep people wanting to read about characters in gray areas? What things interest you about gray areas? If you as a reader find this forgivable/unforgivable, why? (Just curious. Wanting to see potential reactions.) Would this work for a tension builder or high stakes plot and why? How would you approach this same scenario given the chance?