Week One

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1. Post about yourself on your wiki page--tell us who you are, what you like, what you want to study, what your hobbies are, basically anything about yourself you'd like us to know about. Post a picture of yourself using the File button on the editing toolbar (it's got a little color picture next to it).

Basically, my name is Kharli Brockmeier... as I'm sure you can see from my page. I love many things; however, my top three obsessions are Batman, The Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. I think the best villains from the three are the Riddler, Gollum, and Professor Umbridge. Obviously, I really enjoy reading as well as playing rpg games such as Oblivion and Dragon Age. I like watching anime and reading manga. I also love to draw and paint. I think snowboarding is the best physical thing ever and Kung Fu is pretty nifty as well. Anywho... I'm a really curious person that loves to learn about anything and everything (except math...) and I also love to have discussions. Especially controversial ones! I love people that can make me laugh because I love to smile and try to be a happy person in general :D I'm studying to get a PhD in Psychology so I can become a Criminal Psychologist. Which, actually, is a big reason I'm in this class. To put it bluntly, I think psychologically abnormal people are fascinating. I love to study how their minds work and how differently their brain processes than ours. As I previously stated, I'm a really curious person and the question I want to know about... well anything is why? Why is something that way? Why exactly, did you do what you did? Why do you feel that way? I truly want to know. And that's me ;D


2. Why did we watch a children's movie in a college class?

Firstly...I don't think Batman the Animated Series is child-like at all! Ok.. so maybe the target audience consists of seven-year-old boys, but it's won tons of awards for animation and screenplay! End rant. I believe we watched the movie because the Joker and Lex Luthor show fantastic examples of two very different types of villains. The Joker is a sociopath who's only goal is to bring chaos to the world and bring down others to his mad level. His ambitions are simple and his tactics don't follow most psychological norms. Lex Luthor is the prime example of a villainous business tycoon out for wealth and status. Unlike the Joker, Lex has restrictions of the things he can do as he has to keep up his "two-faced" front.



Week Two


1. Abraham Lincoln wrote that “the true rule, in determining to embrace, or reject any thing, is not whether it have any evil in it; but whether it have more of evil, than of good. There are few things wholly evil, or wholly good.” Relate this quotation to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

It's clear in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that no one in there is completely good or evil. Even Mr. Utterson has some darkness in him (or cowardice as the case may be) when he does not help his friend or refrains from doing so. I believe that the plot of the book was to show that we all have benevolence and malice inside of us, but, to quote Dumbldedore, "it is our choices, and not abilities that make us who we are." We choose which side of us to "feed." And I believe the author showed us what happens when someone continues to feed their "dark side"; it takes control of them. Similar to an addictive substance like alcohol or drugs, if a recovering addict were to slip up and give in to their preferred substance just one more time, they may spiral down into a life they cannot return from. There is a reason all of us have the "good" side as well. It is used to restrain the darkness inside of ourselves. When we feed our better half, we find we are much happier than when we give in to our instinctual desires. This book showed us an extreme example of what happens when we delve too deeply into the "mud."


Week Three


1.The poem Beowulf expresses distinct characteristics that are necessary for an individual fulfill to be a good king, as we discussed in class. What guidelines are implied for successful villainy?
To be a villain, according to Beowulf, there are many criteria one must adhere to. It seems as though all evil is descended from Cain. Evil lurks in the shadows and must detest and fear the light. Villains cannot have sympathy for any but their own. They must hoard treasure and be selfish rather than generous. Villains are callous and rude as well as cowards. Basically, they must be evil.

3. How would you characterize a successful class discussion? What features are present? Which are absent? How would you suggest we best accomplish such a discussion?
I believe that in a successful class discussion, everyone needs to attempt to take turns instead of interjecting in the middle of someone's sentence. People need to be patient and be observant of others body language. If you see someone else looks like they're going to answer, especially if that person has been mostly quiet, you should hold back on your response and let them go. If you end up talking over someone, apologize and say something like "no, you go first." Mainly it's being respectful of others.


Week Four


1. Why do you think that Dexter is a series that enjoys popularity in our particular moment in history? Could it have been popular at another time? Why or why not?
We seem to have a fascination with crime and serial killers in this day in age. I'm sure it's mostly because of the focus from the media upon murders. We also love the anti-hero, they're becoming more popular in our culture as we find that more areas are grey than they are black and white. I think that the idea of almost any anti-hero would not be nearly as popular before the 21st century.

2. What parallels can you draw between Dexter, Dr. Jekyll, Batman and Superman? Go beyond the surface. How are they different from characters like Beowulf?
All of the former characters are "grey" instead of black and white with the exception, mostly, of Superman. Dr. Jekyll and Batman are both villains in different ways. Dexter is most similar to Batman as a vigilante, despite the fact that Batman does not kill. Though Superman and Dexter both fight crime, they are complete opposites in their demeanor though they both have secret identities. Beowulf is much more one-dimensional compared to these other characters. He is a hero and no one else. He has no secret identity or hidden agenda. He fights evil for glory and to prove his strength.

3. From Miles's presentation: Why is the character of Dracula/the drinking of blood considered sexual?
There are many similarities between sexual intercourse and drinking blood. The first and most important is the exchanging of "life"-force. In drinking blood, however, instead of the life force going into the woman, it goes into the man. Psychologically, it could be interpreted as an inherent need to reciprocate being given that kind of life. Drinking blood also incorporates penetration and giving yourself into want and desire. It's also animalistic.

4. From Hunter's presentation: Why did Jack the Ripper get away with his crimes when the media coverage/police investigation so great?
Because, at the time, it was much easier to get away with murder, even several murders. They did not have the technology or force we do now. They had few clues and had to rely mostly on witnesses, which, more often than not, are faulty. No one knew what he looked like and therefore could not keep a look out for him. Also, he must have been fairly intelligent to get away with all of that. In this day in age, less intelligent men have gotten away with more murders, it's not unreasonable to think that someone could more easily get away with murder back then.

Week Five


1. In Medea, there are several characters who know of Medea's plans, and yet they do not try to stop her. Why do these characters let villainy happen? Do the gods approve of her choices? What are the implications of their approval or disapproval?
Medea was justified in her vengeance. Everyone knew the pain her husband had caused her and believed that what she was doing was vindicated. Obviously the gods approved or else they would have interfered. Plus, Medea was a strong woman. Unlike most female characters who are weak and pathetic, she stood up for herself. Even if she killed her kids..

2. From Kaylee's presentation: Choose either (a) or (b)
(b) Do you have a limit or a threshold of how many people can die before a cause becomes unjust?
I'm not sure if the number of people who die determines if a situation is "evil" or not. I suppose, like the rest of history, it's determined by the cause of death and the reason behind it. Both of these, of course, are subject to opinion. Is freedom a just cause? Vengeance? It's all determined by your morals and point of view.

3. From Lawrence's presentation: Everyone has an inner beast, an animal hidden within the subconscious. What is yours and why?
My inner beast would be some type of feline... Probably a white tiger. They're ferocious, sly, and solitary. They also love to swim and are immensely powerful creatures. They appear all cute and soft.. then they suddenly turn on you and claw your face off when they feel threatened. That's definitely my inner-beast. Don't piss women or cats off.
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Week Six



1. How do female villains differ from male villains?
Oddly enough, it seems as there is a pattern for pairing genders when it comes to nemesis. Yes, there are exceptions to this, but when you think of a hero's greatest villain, it seems to usually be the same sex that they are. Beowulf's greatest adversary was Grendel, not his mother. You notice the mother doesn't even have a name. Batman's foe is the Joker. Dexter seems to usually kill men. Also, especially in fairytales, the beautiful princess's antagonist seems to be a woman. In Cinderella, it's her stepmother; Tangled- the witch, Snow White- stepmother. And, typically, the woman hates the princess because of jealousy as we hypothesized Maleficent might be jealous of the love the subjects gave to Aurora. Female villains seem to be driven in to evil because of jealousy as a motive (this includes Medea). Their plans tend to be emotionally driven and yet be premeditated and well thought-out. Alternatively, male villains tend to commit crimes of passion and their reasons vary extensively.

2. How is color used to portray aspects of good and evil in Sleeping Beauty?
Color seems to be very important within Sleeping Beauty. They use typical colors to show good and evil, kind of like the whole thing where the good cowboy wears a white hat and the bad one wears black. Aurora had light blonde hair and wore bright colors like pink and blue. Even the fairies wore very vivid colors. I think most associate light colors with benevolence, reminding us of flowers and the forest. Even the fairies's magic was gold. Maleficent was shrouded in black, purple, and even a little bit of red. All of these are very dark colors, complementing her malevolent personality. Similarly, her magic was green which is usually associated with evil; snakes, the Devil, etc. I would also like to point out that I have Maleficent the picture of me at the top ^


Week Seven


1. Make a case for Iago as villain, and then, using at least two pieces of the same evidence, make a case for Othello as villain.
I sincerely believe that both Iago and Othello were villains. Iago manipulates and decieves everyone around him, being the source of the cause for every death within the play. He's mentally abusive to his wife, neglecting and mocking her even when she does something nice for him. He seems to have no clear cause for his devious actions, almost as though he doesn't even really understand why he's doing it. He also stole Roderigo's money. In general, I would say that it'd be improbable to suggest that he wasn't a villain at least in some way. I think the only thing that could imply that he wasn't would be that, in the end, he basically won. Yes, he was captured, but he was essentially the only one left standing and his plan ended up working up until then. He's the only one that got what he wanted. Othello's main source of villainy was towards his wife. Like Iago, he abused his wife, though, in Othello's case it was physically. I think this is much worse because Desomonda seemed to be more frail than Emilia. And it seems sadder(or more pathetic?) to watch someone weak being beaten than watching someone stand up for themselves. Othello also showed his evil side by losing faith in his wife despite her refusal that she did anything. Both betrayed and killed their wives, though, as stated, Othello's betrayal was probably worse because there was proof he actually loved Desmonada. Essentially, both guys were villains.

2. From Tyler's presentation: What is one character (hero or villain) so far that we have looked at that could have an undiagnosed mental disorder?
Ironically, I believe that Othello suffered from Othello Syndrome (yes, it's real). Othello Syndrome is more prevalent in males and is the delusion of infidelity in a spouse. The obsession can lead to dangerous behavior from the disruption of marriage to suicide or homicide. It's obvious, even if Iago did plant the thoughts in Othello's mind, that Othello suffered from delusions. Most sane and rational people would not kill their spouse over a handkerchief as proof. Even if it was proven that their wife did cheat, most wouldn't kill over it. Therefore, if for no other reason than it was named after him, Othello suffered from Othello Syndrome.

3. From Emily's presentation: Pick 2-3 villains (from anywhere) and draw parallels between them; looking at actions, appearance, backstory, etc. How are they recycled villains?
Voldemort and Scar have many parallels that you can draw between them. Though, obviously, apperance is kind of out since one is a lion and the other is-well- a thing. Interestingly enough, both have notably different colored skin than normal. While Scar is darker than any of the other lions, Voldemort is incredibly pale. Both are also disfigured in some way. I don't think I need to really explain this one, come on, Scar and Voledmort with his nasal envy. Both villains appear to come from a line of "royalty" as Voldemort is descended from Slytherin and Scar is next in the royal line. Similarly, they hate their family members. Voldemort hates his parents, particularly his father and Scar hates his brother. Voldemort and Scar end up killing the main character's father. Poor James and Mufasa. These villains also have nazi-parallel and racist followers from Scar's hyenas to Voldemort's Death Eaters. Neither have a capacity for love and have sociopathic tendencies. Also, they both died because of themselves from Voldemort's rebounded curse to Scar's betrayal of the hyenas. They were the cause of their own deaths.


Week Eight


1. We have discussed how when something defies what is natural, we find it scary, but what makes something unnatural? There are a lot of elements to our world that are not natural, i.e. cars and computers, and yet we do not find them scary. What causes this difference?
We are not afraid of unnatural things when we understand them or when we have been exposed to something similar beforehand. For instance, if we've been exposed to technology all our lives from cassettes to ipods, we do not find these things frightening because, to us, they are "natural." Now, to someone who has never lived around technology, such things would be truly terrifying and "unnatural." Similarly, if one had seen ghosts all their life it would be perfectly normal to them than to someone who was seeing a ghost for the first time. As for understanding, if we see something odd like a magic trick, we may be wary of it until the trick is explained. We fear what we do not understand. If we understand something, the fear is gone and it becomes natural to us.

2. If you had only this movie (The Dark Knight) to judge Batman for his actions, what would you define as heroic? Would you define anything he does as villainous? From where do your decisions originate?
Batman himself isn't a superhero or even, really, a hero. The Dark Knight is a vigilante. Because of this destinction, his actions are very different from a superhero such as Superman. Batman's interrogation techniques as well as his plans allow for more injuries of the people he's saving. Also, sometimes he doesn't save people at all. For the interrogation techniques, when he was talking to one of the criminals, Batman dropped the guy from a three-story-building. Definitely not heroic.Hacking Gotham's cellphones was rather villainous, which Fox shows us with his objections. He beat the Joker to a bloody pulp, bashing the Joker against a table, a window, and more things that make loud sounds. Also, when he was scaling the building to find the Joker, Batman beat up all of the SWAT guys. Most importantly, he went to save Rachel instead of Harvey (even if he didn't get to save her). Logically and heroically, he should have deliberately saved Harvey. He was the one that could clean up Gotham and it would have been for the "greater good." Attempting to save Rachel was a very selfish act. Heroism is often about selflessness. Batman isn't able to do that as much as he lets on. However, he does have some heroic actions. Ironically, the most important one is Batman's willingness to become the "villain" at the end of the movie.


3. We'll begin our discussion next week talking about The Dark Knight. Develop your own question to kick off discussion and post it here.
Does Batman really make Gotham safer?
Excellent question... makes me think.- lduran02 lduran02 Oct 18, 2011


Week Nine


1. "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes"--who watches the watchmen. How can this idea relate to our overall study of villains in this course? Who should be responsible for monitoring what's happening in the world? How do you see your own role?
I believe we all share responsibility for what happens. Whether we commit a crime or watch someone do so, we are partially at fault. It is our duty as dominant lifeforms on this world to take initiative to prevent the negative affect we have and spur on the positive. I believe that all people were put on this earth to be productive and positively impact the world around us. If you are not contributing, you have no place here. Therefore, we must adopt our given roles and all handle the responsibility of the world as well as everyone in it. After all, we are a part of it.

2. From Jaclyn's presentation: Are privateers less admirable than pirates because they had permission to be "bad?"
I think it makes them more respectable in a sense. If you're going to do something you like that's technically against the law, why not do it legally? Admittedly, that probably wasn't the forethought of most privateers. However, I suppose that pirates had to have more gall or courage even to do what they did.

3. From Daniel's presentation: Do Eddie Brock (Venom) and Cletus Cassidy (Carnage) share the same levels of responsibility for their actions?
I believe that neither Venom or Carnage share responsibility for each other's actions, though they have responsibility for their own actions. Even if the symbiotic creature influenced them, they accepted it and took advantage of it for their own gain.


Seminars

Because I kept forgetting to write these up here.

September 29, 2011 Iron Monk:
At the Shaolin Training Center, Master Abrahm gave a seminar on Iron Monk Training, also known as Iron Shirt. He told us a lot of legends including the White-browed Monk and how he was able to defeat his adversaries without lifting a finger. We also learned how Tiger and Crane forms came together as they defeated the White-browed Monk. We then were taught how to tense up our body and hold a good stance so they could break boards over our bodies.

October 3, 2011 Greecian Festival:
I thought that it was absolutely fantastic. The dancing was particularly amazing. The Greecian dance school had their students perform and teach people. My favorite part was their fluff-ball shoes. The food was also delicious. I loved their cookies. I was also able to taste their baklava and gyros, which were also super tasty. I loved the courtyard, filled with lights, it was gorgeous. They also had a ton of things for sale like belly dancing skirts, beads, and paintings. All in all, it was a really great time. I had a lot of fun their with my roommate.

October 22, 2011 Green Dragon Broadsword:
Elder Masters David and Sharron visited the Shaolin Training Center along with a dozen blackbelts from all over the world. Elder Master David shared with us the legend of the Green Dragon Broadsword and spoke of several masters of Tai Chi. We then learned the Green Dragon Broadsword form from Elder Master Sharron, one of the most elegant and complex sword forms Shaolin Kung Fu offers. It was pretty freaking awesome. Especially with all the moves specifically designed to wipe the blood off of your sword. Can't wait to go back.


Week Ten

1. Do you think there is a standard of morality that can be applied, regardless of external details and situations? That is, is there anything that is inherently good or evil?
Outside of stories and comic books, I don't think there is anything inherently good or evil. We may be given a predisposition towards things that society finds "evil" such as having a bad temper or being an alcoholic.We all have the seeds of good and evil within us, but it is up to the individual to decide which seed to water. Morals are things that are determined by the whole. Of course, we have our individual moral code. However, if it clashes with societal morality, we are seen as wrong. Morality is made by the majority. Unfortunately, whatever they say goes. Interestingly enough, something that was once seen as evil can be seen as good if you can convince the majority of it. Perception is what matters.

2. From Ari's presentation: was Lord Voldemort born evil or was he a victim of his upbringing/life circumstances?
People always argue nature vs nurture. I don't understand why. Obviously, both come in to play within the development of a personality and Voldemort is no different. All humans are born with a certain "temperament" that influences us to be social, introverted, loud, or meek. This is predetermined by genes. I believe that everyone receives the basis of a personality when they are born and our experiences as well as our upbringing shape the mold that we are given. In other words, he was probably born with disposition that would make it easier for him to fall into evil and then his life strengthened that bond. Being a decedent of Slytherin as well as the son of a highly unpleasant and power-hungry muggle family probably gave him an inherited tendency for evil

3. From Lena's presentation: How does the vampire lore of today reflect on society and what do you think the next era's lore could hold?
Since the vampire now is completely sexualized and romanticized, i think that that reflects our society pretty well. Everything we have ties in to sex; our primal desires. From billboards to books, we're living in a world driven by sex. Originally, our society was focused on religion. That leads us to think- what will we turn to now? Perhaps they will become vampires that stimulate our minds instead of... other things. After all, the psychic vampire lore is already becoming more prominent in our society as more of a focus is formed around education, power, and control. Maybe our society will be driven by power rather than lust now. Who knows?


Week Eleven


1. "[M]ost of us never really grow up or mature all that much -- we simply grow taller...the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales [remains]."-Leo Rosten
We began the semester looking at a children's work. What new insight can you bring to the child-centered works we'll be looking at the for rest of the semester? What can be gained by this exploration?
Children's work seems to be a presentation of real-life that is exaggerated into black and white archetypes so children can more easily grasp them. This is especially true with good and evil; they usually have a very distinct line between them such as superman and Lex Luthor. Children's stories also provide some kind of moral or lesson. By analyzing children's stories, we are able to examine them to a greater depth and understand the more subtle details within them such as the rape metaphor within Little Red Riding Hood or understanding that Batman is a vigilante and not a hero.

2. From Angelica's presentation: (H. H. Holmes) Why are people so fascinated by things that are so gruesome and morbid?
Just like we fear what we don't understand, we are also fascinated by it. From the occult to murder, we tend to not be able to tear our eyes away from macabre sights. We are disgusted and intrigued. It's the human way. We also enjoy being scared. You can see this from simple practices like watching horror movies or going into a haunted house. It allows us to tackle fears in a safe, controlled setting. In the long run, this helps us manage stress easier because we become desensitized to it.

3. From Stephanie's presentation: Many times people blame their actions on demons--why is this an excuse that people use?
The world is always looking for a scapegoat. Humans find it difficult to admit that they have flaws and are fallible. Because of this, we try to blame others for our shortcomings or mistakes. If someone does something terrible, it is easier to release the blame from themselves by saying that it was a demon than taking responsibility.


Week Twelve



1. Make a case for Peter Pan as the villain of the story.
Peter Pan can be easily classified as a villain. He kidnaps the children and selfishly puts them in danger constantly. From letting them almost plummet to their death for his own amusement to allowing the mermaids to terrorize Wendy. Peter Pan is arrogant and self-centered, caring for no one but himself. He is also very controlling, not allowing the Lost Boys to have their own thoughts or to admit they know more than he does. He also attempts to trick the children by closing the window on them so they think they're unwanted. I think Peter Pan can be considered a villain solely on his selfishness.

2. From Sam's presentation: Was Snape mostly a villain? Why or why not?
I believe that Snape was a hero. He sacrificed his entire life and happiness paying retribution to the woman he loved. He lived his life in misery watching her from afar and then gave his life to save Lily and his archenemy's son. Snape even killed the only man he ever respected just so he could save Draco. Snape was a truly selfless man.

3. From Kharli's presentation: Did Spike deserve redemption after what he tried to do to Buffy?
My presentation!


Week Thirteen

1. When Ender found the queen's egg, he decided not to tell the world until he was sure they could accept it. To that end, he wrote a book about the Buggers and their point-of-view, hoping to elicit empathy in mankind. The problem with this is that, when Ender does decide to reveal the truth, his lie will be viewed as a deception, and any empathy he has managed to cultivate may fall prey to suspicion. How can Ender prove to the world that he (and ultimately humanity) wasn't being manipulated by the Buggers? I believe he could do this by remaining anonymous. Reveal that it was the Buggers but not he that wrote it.
2. From Reina's presentation:Do you believe that Rasputin was a real holy man? Or were his predictions and healing just luck, fraud or coincidence?
I believe that Rasputin was not a real holy man. I don't believe in magic and think that there's always something behind what seems to be supernatural.
3. From Jamie's presentation: Why do you think Disney chose to portray Hades as an evil villain to Hercules?
Hades is a symbol of death, which, in this culture is associated with evil. Hades is more portrayed like the devil and Zeus like God. They needed to relate these things to concepts Americans as children already understand.

Week Fourteen

1. The Princess Bride has multiple villains. Dicuss how each one reflects/matches a heroic character.
Count Rugen reminds me a lot of Rorschach. Sadistic and seemingly without conscience, he does whatever is necessary to get what he wants. Like Wesley, Count Rugen is also terribly polite. Prince Humperdink seems to channel a very Captain Hookish vibe. from the extravagant clothes to the obsession with culture, I believe they're very similar. Yes, I'm saying Hook is heroic in this aspect. I could also say Humperdink is annoying like superman. I'll go with that.
2. Why does Westly adopt the outside semblance of a stereotypical villain, and does it help him to succeed?
He's able to take his opponents off guard as well as learn the truth about Buttercup. Without his villainous persona, Wesley wouldn't have been able to do nearly all of the things he did.




Comments:


I totally agree with you…actually your comment is similar to mine. I like how you tied in Dumbledore. I love Harry Potter. And I feel that the quote is perfect for this story. I also liked how you tied in drugs to it. It is a very good example.
- jserru jserru Aug 30, 2011Jaclyn
I really like what you had to say and how you said it. You talk about everyone having some evil but being able to choose whether or not to nourish that evil. When you said "there is a reason all of us have the 'good' side as well" it made me imagine a society with no rules. A society where if you wanted someones food you just killed them and took it. Now I'm thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of a society like this where Mr. Hyde's kind of 'evil' prevails. Just a thought. Good work!- lduran02 lduran02 Sep 1, 2011Lawrence
I like your reference to a quote of Dumbledore’s who himself delved in the evil of sorcery and paid his own price. I also found your implication that evil is a drug very interesting. The more one pursues evil instead of resisting it, the more power it begins to hold. - Lenarama Lenarama Sep 2, 2011

But is the good really there to restrain the evil? If nobody is completely good or evil, why should we strive to be one-sided by feeding only the good? It seems like Jekyll created Hyde because he was so unhappy with his life of beneficence. For the soul to live in harmony with itself, maybe there needs to be balance between the two, rather than an extreme of one or the other. - MilesDixon MilesDixon Sep 6, 2011

Your villain o meter looks super villain-ey, aka it looks legit. So besides your legit villain o meter, I also agree with you on the whole respect thing for a successful class discussion. The whole 'body language' part was also a really good point, because people do sit a little straighter, maybe lean forward, and just look like they are about to speak- so we all need to be more aware of that. - reinada reinada Sep 9, 2011Reina


I agree with your statement on Medea. I too believe she was justified. Also I agree with your comment on Kaylee's presentation. But can we ever truly define what is evil? What I mean is if we are always trying to justify our causes then when is it ever evil. I know we can say that Hitler was evil but at that time many people believed he was doing good. I like your inner beast as well.
Jaclyn- jserru jserru Sep 22, 2011


So... Medea. I know you know that I completely disagree with your take on Medea. Vengeance is never a valid reason for murder, or at least, never a valid reason to MURDER CHILDREN!! It's as simple as that. Especially if, as you say, she was a strong woman. If she was strong, she wouldn't have been as hurt. It would have been just as effective to leave the country with her kids and never let Jason see them again. She could have maybe then killed the new wife. On a less controversial note, I love white tigers :) - Kayleethegr8 Kayleethegr8 Sep 27, 2011Kaylee!

I really like your observation on how most pairings of hero and nemesis are the same gender, I had never really thought about that before you mentioned it, however, now i see it everywhere. I agree, and think it is very interesting how most female villains thrive off of jealousy and bitterness. - Jamiea.book Jamiea.book Oct 4, 2011

I had no idea there was an Othello Syndrome, and if something is bad enough for there to be a syndrome named over it then, well sorry Othello but you must have not been right in the head. And I'm not sure what is worse, physically abusing your wife, or mentally abusing her. I know right away it may seem like physical abuse is worse, but Iago was terrlbe to his wife, just plain awful and he never laid a hand on her (...until the end I suppose). I also like your Scar and Voldemort parallel, it was out of the box but it worked. - reinada reinada Oct 5, 2011Reina

Haha, nasal envy. That's so awesome. It's like the hair envy Lexy has for Superman. And I really liked that comparison between Scar and Voldemort. It's really amazing how much humanity recycles in terms of motivation, mistakes, and tendencies. - samanthaprina samanthaprina Oct 6, 2011samanthaprina


I too am thoroughly fascinated with Othello Syndrome!!!! I had no idea there was such a thing!!! I also agree with what you said about Iago. I also put in my answers that they were manipulative.
- jserru jserruJaclynSerru

Othelo Syndrome. Perfect. Nicely reasoned. I also love the comparison between Voldie and Scar. I've only just watched The Lion King and I definitely agree that they are similar. - Kayleethegr8 Kayleethegr8 Oct 11, 2011Kaylee

I had never heard of Othello's sydrome before that was very interesting thank you for bringing it up! I really like your comparison of Scar and Voldemort I hadn't noticed the similarities before. -sdimpfel

Othello syndrome hahaha. I would have never
thought that Voldemort and Scar were similar.
I enjoyed your explanation.
- HeyThereAri HeyThereAri Oct 11, 2011Ari

Thank you! I completely agree with you, Batman is neither a hero nor a villain, simply a vigilante. Sure he saves some people, but like you said, he dropped someone off a 3 story building, and who knows the damage he did smashing all those cars trying to save Dent. - Jamiea.book Jamiea.book Oct 18, 2011

Your justification for Batman as a vigilante is really thorough. I was trying to convince a friend of mine the same thing and if i had your arguments it would've gone better. Your explanation of something that is unnatural makes a lot of sense too.- Droybal Droybal Oct 18, 2011

We all need to take responsibility for the world and what happens in it. I also agree that even though the symbiote had effects on them they are still responsible for their actions.
- jserru jserru Oct 20, 2011Jaclyn

Or maybe those who don't contribute DO have a place here. They contrast the light with their dark and the good with their bad. Without villains, there can be no heroes ;) - samanthaprina samanthaprina Oct 22, 2011samanthaprina

I totally agree with you about the unnecessary nature vs. nurture argument. I’ve always thought it was pretty obvious that both of those aspects combine to make us who we are – that and our choices. And haha, our answers are so similar – I think it’s the burgeoning shrink inside both of us. - samanthaprina samanthaprina Oct 26, 2011samanthaprina

I kind of hope that vampires have their comeback into power, instead of lust. They didn't use to be creatures who just wanted to tear your clothes off, they much rather preferred to tear your head off, or other limbs. So even if they don't go back to just being physically strong, I think mentally strong is still better than all this lust. - reinada reinada Oct 27, 2011Reina

I liked your comment on vampires. But also I too hope like Reina that vampires image changes. I found your comment on unnecessary nature vs. nurture very interesting.
- jserru jserru Oct 31, 2011JaclynSerru

I love your comment on perception being everything when it comes to morality, because I think it is so true. -sdimpfel

I was intrigued by your concept about people paying special attention to gruesome details in the news and watching horror films to desensitize themselves in order to reduce stress. This seems like a likely contributing factor to me, but I hadn't considered it before. Nice one :) - samanthaprina samanthaprina Nov 5, 2011samanthaprina