shaw moore

Reverend Shaw Moore from Footloose
by Owen

Extroverted Thinking (Te)
“Oh, heaven help me! If heaven can’t, who can?”
Above all else, Shaw prioritizes logic and order. He keeps a tight grip on the community of Bomont, working as the minister and the de-facto mayor. In “Heaven Help Me”, he voices his frustration over how none of the teenagers in the community want to live by his rules, as he expects them to follow his word. He can appear cold, such as during the trial about the dancing ban. This can also be seen when Shaw talks to Vi and Ariel.

Introverted Sensing (Si)
“I have not confused Ariel’s behavior with my son’s death!”
Shaw relies on the past to guide him, but this sometimes comes out in unhealthy ways. He is haunted by the death of his son, who died in a car crash with four other boys coming from a dance. His son’s death rules everything he does, including the ban on dancing in the town. Shaw also looks back on what the Bible says, and is surprised when Ren is able to find passages that support dancing. However, his Si is still used more unhealthily than not.

Extroverted Intuition (Ne)
“And in that moment, I did something I haven’t done for a very long time: I laid down my burden.”
It isn’t until Ren comes into Bomont that Shaw starts to open himself up to new possibilities. This is best seen when Shaw allows a dance to be held at the high school, and thanks Ren for opening his eyes. He finds that he can look past the changes Ren and Ariel have fought for and work them into the law (with his dominant Te). Before then, Shaw mostly fretted over multiple what-ifs hypotheticals, as shown in “Heaven Help Me” and “I’m Free”.

Introverted Feeling (Fi)
“I hope you never doubt that I love you.”
Reverend Shaw Moore is very, very strict, which he upholds against the entire town. He uses his morality with his Te to make decisions, but this is often without thinking about what those around him truly want: only what he thinks is the right thing to do. The only emotion he shows for a long while is anger, as seen when he slaps Ariel, but he softens after the trial and hopes to reconnect emotionally with his family and the townspeople.