Breaking the Stronghold
Step One—Look at the Tactics
Our protagonists and their allies disable the negative power by using some sort of method. In The Handless Maiden, the protagonist draws a chalk circle around herself and keeps herself clean. As long as she is clean, the Devil can't get at her. Along her journey, she keeps surrounding herself with good people, people who are compassionate. The deeper she is driven into the woods, the more powerful her allies become, and she ends up in a house of angels.
Jack undermines the giant's power over the course of a number of years. He has to be patient, and keep quiet. He can't tell his mother what he's up to or she'll panic. Many characters have to be discreet when they're breaking the stronghold of the old power. The swan sister in the Grimm's story, The Six Swans, makes shirts for her brothers and isn't able to speak or even laugh over the years it takes to do the work.
ASK yourself: How does my protagonist, working with the allies, break the stronghold of the negative power?
Freely associate as you answer this question so that the overall strategy of your protagonist becomes apparent to you.
Step Two—Look at Your Protagonist
There's much that we can learn from the attitudes and the methods of our protagonists. They take a particular position in relation to the old powers, and they apply themselves in very particular ways to overcome those powers. Let's reflect a little further on the powers of your protagonist.
ASK yourself: What is it that impresses me most about my protagonist and how he or she has met adversity?