The Lavatorial Ghost
I created the Scratch animation “The Lavatorial Ghost” as my response to a project to create an interactive ethical story. An ethical story is a story that is meant to teach a subject related to ethics and may contain a character making an ethical decision. Examples of ethical stories include The Tortoise and the Hare, which presents an amusing situation- especially children- but also demonstrates an ethical concept.
My story is about a guy named Santos who is asked by his friend Abraham to deliver a love letter to his crush, Lupe, but when Santos goes to present the letter he hears a noise from the bathroom, and when he goes to investigate he is greeted by the ghost of a hand asking for toilet paper, and is threatened to be haunted unless no paper is given. The viewer has the choice of giving the ghost the paper or not giving it- giving it will result in Santos being haunted by the ghost for betraying his friend, and by not giving the letter, the ghost will give the letter to Lupe herself, and Santos fulfills his duties as a friend.
My story was inspired by the video game the Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask, where the player is given a love letter and is forced to choose between giving it to a hand to use as toilet paper or give it to the person it was meant to be given.
I think I was successful in creating my story because I presented a slightly humourous yet serious situation where the character is required to make a harrowing decision- choose to be haunted by a ghost or follow his friend’s wishes. The story is appropriate for people of any age, the two consequences that arise from the decision are very different as well and are also funny. Despite being somewhat ridiculous, my story should teach people about the meaning of true friendship.