There are many ways to demonstrate this. In Star Wars, Luke receives a medal at a large victory celebration. In Dances with Wolves, Dunbar retells the story of the buffalo hunt at a campfire. Beauty and the Beast celebrates with a romantic waltz.
Often the main character takes possession of whatever she was seeking: treasure, a captured ship, destiny, self-respect. After Dorothy accidentally kills the wicked witch she is in possession of the broomstick, the item requested by the Wizard of Oz. Unfortunately, the Wizard doesn’t settle for just the broomstick; he asks for more. During this scene, Toto reveals the man behind the façade and the Wizard confesses. He celebrates the conquest of the wicked witch with the fabulous foursome. Scarecrow gets a diploma, the Lion gets a medal of valor for his courage, and the Tin Man gets a heart. But there’s nothing for Dorothy and the Wizard has yet to send her home.
What happens in your story?
• Does your heroine take possession of some treasure (a prize, money, new job, a great relationship)?
• What does she learn by facing death? Is she wiser, more courageous, humbler, more adventurous?
• How does the story change course after the reward? Is there a new path? A new agenda? Where does she go from here?
• Does the heroine realize she’s changed? Is she more aware? Does she have an epiphany? Are her thoughts and mannerisms different? Do people react differently to her?
This is where your story takes a breather. Like a day at the spa. For some time now events have been ramping up. Your story has conflict, tension, suspense, all leading to that crucial Ordeal. And . . . we’re past that. Now it’s time to celebrate and reflect. At least for a moment. The story isn’t over yet, and there is more to follow. But let your character(s) reap their victory and relish their Reward.