Week 1!
1. Hi! I'm Lena (technically pronounced Layna but I respond to any variation). I have written and rewritten about five drafts of this because I really hate writing about myself. I love coffee and tea and am, in fact a complete and total caffeine addict. I love sports, my most notable favorite teams are the Pittsburgh Steelers (football) and the Los Angeles Lakers (basketball). I have played basketball for as long as I remember so it's something that is really close to my heart. I collect Hard Rock Cafe shirts from places me or my family have been and so far the most interesting ones I have are from Sweden, Germany, Prague and the Cayman Islands. I watch way too much TV and have a ton of favorite TV shows but my absolute favorite one is Bones (I once skipped out on my school's winter ball dance even after I had bought a ticket to have a Bones marathon with my friend). I am the most indecisive person ever and sarcasm is something that comes far too naturally to me (I have to remember to keep it in check). I have the most eclectic taste in music and I hate the color pink. I hate Superman but I love Batman and Spiderman. I am a total Trekkie, Jane Austen (I have a cat named Darcy), Lord of the Rings and Buffy nerd. I have about a million favorite books but most recently my favorite book is The Great Gatsby. I love New Mexico because of it's sunsets, heat, mountains and culture but I am also in love with the East Coast, more specifically it's architecture (I love brick!) and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I am studying to be a Computer Engineer because I want to create things through programming but a part of me is in love with the Social Sciences area of study. I am some weird mix of outgoing and shy and I'm really looking forward to taking this class! (My picture is of me next to a really cool graffitied wall in Sweden)

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2. There are a number of movies to watch a "children's" movie in a college class. First of all, I have found that children's movies are really only children's movies on the surface. When you look back on the movies you loved as a child when you are older, you often find that there were many themes and ideas hidden under the surface that are too adult for children to grasp. Take the Batman/Spiderman movie we watched in class. On the surface, Joker is a goofy bad guy with inventive, amusing tricks up his sleeve. But, if one looks below the surface one can see that Joker is a seriously psychotic individual who gains pleasure from other peoples' pain and misfortune and who has essentially no moral compass. The other Villain is Lex Luther. Lex is a different villain all together. While Joker embodies the psychotic murderer type villain, Lex embodies the power hungry one. While Lex is not psychotic enough to commit atrocities himself, he has no moral problem with paying or supporting others to get rid of things that stand in his way. The Joker is comparable to notorious serial killers such as Ted Bundy whereas Lex Luther is more comparable to big business tycoons who are only looking to further their interests. Children's movies overall tend to exemplify categories stereotypes of villains and therefore provide us with a basis for comparison for other villains.

Week 2!
1. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Jekyll attempts to essentially reject himself and instead hopes to create a way for him to separate himself into one wholly good person and one wholly evil persona. Using this quote to analyze the story one could argue that man is more evil than good and that is why, instead of coming out with one good persona and one evil person, Jekyll ended up with one normal persona and one wholly evil persona. Since Jekyll creates one wholly evil persona and one mix of good and evil persona, he ends up with significantly more evil than good. This is highlighted as Jekyll begins to lose control over his wholly evil counterpart, Hyde. At first, the good in Jekyll can resist the evil of Hyde and he can control when he allows his evil counterpart to exist. However, as time progresses and Jekyll continuously feeds Hyde with time allowed "outdoors," Hyde begins to overpower Jekyll and begins to take control of the situation. With Hyde's growth comes the growth of evil. The point of Abraham Lincoln's quote is that generally everything is a mix of good and evil and the hart part is determining which one outweighs the other. Jekyll did not accept this and desired to create something wholly good and something wholly evil in hopes that the good could conquer the evil. This, however, did not turn out at all as planned.

Week 3!
1. Successful villainy requires several things. First, one must have a level of selfishness that most people do not. In order to be a successful villain, one must have very little care for the well being of others. That isn't to say that villain's must act alone. Instead, the implication is that villainous cooperation is based solely on each individual's belief that they have something to gain for themselves. Villainy also requires a level of intelligence. Successful villains are rarely stupid. Instead, they are often one of the most intelligent characters in the story. It is this intelligence that allows them to keep up their villainous ways while escaping those who would want to stop them. Finally, villainy requires an idea that one is better than the rest of the world. Villains generally have no regard or thought of others and regard themselves as more important or better than the rest of society.

2. Villain-O-Meter!
On a scale from 1-10:
Snape: 0, I love Snape.
The Dragon: 1, because he/she wasn't really doing anything outside of his/her nature.
Peter Pan: 1, childlike villainy is forgivable.
The Stepsisters: 2, They really didn't do anything.
Grendal's Mother: 2, we can't blame her for taking revenge on her son's death.
Hades: 3, what did he actually do?
Dexter: 4, I mean, he does kill people. But, you've kinda gotta love him.
Captain Hook: 4, He really didn't do much evil.
Maleficent: 4.5, I mean, she didn't actually kill anyone...
Dr. Jekyll: 5, for creating Mr. Hyde and then only parting in half-hearted attempts to stop him.
Frau Gothel: 5, maybe she was just lonely.
Peter Wiggin: 5, lest we forget, he is still a child.
Joker: 5.2, he does try to kill people. But, it is a kid's show afterall.
Medea: 6, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. But, really, the kids?
Jason: 6.2, for just being a jerk who couldn't keep it in his pants.
The Wolf: 6.6, I mean he did eat people.
Humperdinck: 6.7, I mean he did (almost) kill Westley.
Othello: 7, for allowing his insecurities to cloud his judgment and guide his actions completely unchecked.
Rasputin: 7.3, for being a creep.
Grendal: 7.5, I get that he wasn't accepted. But, that's no excuse for eating people.
Ozymandias: 7.8, for killing a lot of people but also saving the world in the process.
Human Nature: 8, for causing a lot of horrible things.
Hyde: 8, for stomping children and murdering people.
Harvey Dent: 8.3, for letting someone take away his humanity.
Eddie: 8.4, for letting revenge get the best of him
Tyrone: 8.4, for getting off on torture.
Iago: 8.7, for his manipulation and completely lack of empathy.
Cleatus: 9, for being completely soulless.
Joker #2: 10, for his complete lack of humanity.
Symbiote(s): 10, for creating venom and carnage.
Voldemort: 10, for being pretty much soulless.

3. A successful class discussion first and foremost requires respect. Each individual within the discussion must have respect for the other members of the discussion. This means that each person must be listened to thoroughly and without interruption. This also means that one's ideas or opinions should never be degraded or implied as pointless or stupid. Currently, our discussions are relatively successful. The ideas of each person are listened to and our not degraded. However, our biggest problem lies in the fact that too often, we find that several people are talking at once. When this happens, no real discussion is occurring since there is no true exchange of ideas. In order to accomplish a successful discussion I think we may need to implement some sort of way for us to decrease the amount of interruptions that occur. This can be accomplished by the implementation of some way to signify whose turn it is to speak.

Week 4!
1. In this particular moment in history, there are dozens of crime shows over the many networks on TV. All of these are to at least some extent popular. While all sorts of crime are portrayed in these shows, serial killers are particularly popular. In the words of Bones creator Hart Hanson, "we do them because the audience likes serial killers." Shows such as Criminal Minds are popular because we have an obsession with what makes serial killers tick. Dexter feeds this obsession but in a different way. Shows like Criminal Minds are portrayed from the side of law enforcement working to catch serial killers but Dexter is portrayed from the serial killer himself. Because of this, the audience comes face to face with what makes Dexter the way he is through his narrative over the story line and through various scenes (particularly at the end of season 1 but I won't spoil it for those of you that haven't watched it :) ). Dexter tugs on our sense of right and wrong. The audience's immediate reaction is to be repulsed by Dexter because we tend to dislike people/things who kill our fellow man, but part of us also wants to idolize him as a hero for the people he kills. After all, we do idolize those who catch the bad guys that the police can’t (Batman, for example). In the media we constantly are shown people whom we are sure are guilty found not guilty of crimes because of technicalities or bad prosecution teams. Because of this, we part of us also wants to congratulate Dexter for stepping up and taking care of those bad guys that get away. This is particularly shown in season 2 of Dexter when some individuals begin to call the unknown vigilante (Dexter) the “Dark Defender”. Dexter is popular because he highlights the grey in the black and white world we sometimes think exists. Dexter could most certainly be popular in another time. Human obsession with serial killers is definitely not something knew. As we talked about in class, Jack the Ripper and his crimes were highly publicized. While this was partially because of the desire to catch him, it was also because the public was intrigued and obsessed with these crimes. Serial killers have, and always will be, something society is highly interested in because no one is exactly sure what drives one to be a serial killer. Because we are sure that some of it is connected to problems within the brain, we feel both repulsion and sympathy towards them.

2. In many ways, Dexter is what Superman could have become. Like Dexter, Superman’s life is characterized by an extremely traumatic event in his childhood (the destruction of his home planet). However, Superman was not aware of this traumatic event whereas Dexter very much was. The creation of the “monster” in Dexter is attributed to the traumatic event he witnessed early on in his life. If Superman had been aware of this extremely traumatic event he may not have grown up to be the perfect hero he is. Similarly, Batman is the PG version of Dexter. Like Dexter, Batman witnessed the murder of his parents as a child. This traumatic event in both Bruce Wayne’s and Dexter’s childhood scars them in very different ways. The effect it had on Bruce Wayne was a conscious decision to spend his life fighting crime under the guise of Batman. With Dexter, however, it had a more deep profound impact. For Dexter, the experience is so traumatic that while he cannot remember it, it permanently ruins his psyche and is the cause of his serial killer tendencies. Dexter is extremely similar to Dr. Jekyll in the sense that both of them have a kind of alter-ego. Dexter often refers to his serial killer self as his “dark passenger”. It is easy to say that Hyde is Dr. Jekyll’s “dark passenger”. Like Dexter’s “dark passenger,” Hyde is hidden from the public while Dr. Jekyll is the socially acceptable façade. In addition, Detective Doaks often describes Dexter as a “creepy motherfucker”. Throughout the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the characters struggle to describe what exactly disturbs them about Hyde other than he just simply creeps them out. The same is true for Dexter. I would say that all of the characters besides Superman are very unlike Beowulf. Superman is like Beowulf in the sense that they are the ideal “superhero”. They are masculine and what everyone considers to be good. Batman, Dr. Jekyll and Dexter on the other hand are all at least some sort of mix between good and evil. Similarly, Beowulf and Superman tend to reside in the spotlight whereas the others prefer to remain in the background.

3. A large part of the reason the drinking of blood is so sexual is because it is so intimate. Vampires need blood to survive. In this way, it is like ceremonial/sacrificial killings by various cultures. There is an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Buffy's boyfriend Riley, feeling unneeded by Buffy, turns to a sort of brothel like place where humans go to let vampires drink their blood. Riley claims that he goes there because it makes him feel needed and wanted. In a similar episode, Dracula is paying a visit to Sunnydale. At one point he drinks Buffy's blood. When Riley finds out he feels violated because Buffy let Dracula "know" her in a way that he hasn't. Turning someone into a vampire involves, in essentially all vampire lore, the removal of blood from the human and often, the transfer of blood from the vampire to the human. This is also a very intimate and profound experience. To me, a vampire drinking one's blood is similar to one giving an organ to another person. It is something that ties you to that person in some way. It is someone giving something vital to someone/something. This is why it is so sexual and intimate.

4. A perfect example of how little media coverage/great police investigation can matter in a case is the west mesa killings here in Albuquerque. The bodies of almost a dozen of women in the west mesa were discovered over a year ago. Despite vast amounts of media coverage and much investigation by police and forensic anthropologists, there have been no great breaks in the case. Media coverage and extent of police investigation do not necessarily make or break a case. It is more about amount of evidence. At the time, 1888, there was no DNA testing or way other than obvious evidence or eye witness to tie a person to a crime. Also, similar to the west mesa killings, Jack the Ripper chose women that people would not necessarily miss. These were women living loves of prostitution in an area that was by no meas considered nice. Therefore, the odds of finding Jack the Ripper were never very high.

Week 5!

  1. I think a lot of the reason nobody stopped Medea’s plans is because they had a firm belief that she was in the god’s hands. In that time period they looked to the gods to determine what was right and what was wrong. In many ways, they did not feel that it was their place to step in and stop her actions. Instead, they left it to the gods to decide if she was right or wrong and to punish her or not as they felt was deserved. Apparently, the gods did approve of her choices. If they hadn’t, the furies would have pursued her. Instead, they let her ride away in a chariot (a rather heroic exit). The implication of their approval of her actions is that she was justified. On some level they found Jason guilty of crimes against her and that her revenge was justified.
  2. If we consider “revolution” to be an ideal then yes, revolution is still the mainstream. We all want the world to change in some way. This is why there are protests over pretty much everything. If you think about, each election is in some way a revolution. In fact, Obama’s campaign was all about change and how we as a country needed to change. Many people voted for Obama because he provided them with a sense of hope that things would change.
  3. Hmm. I can image that my inner beast might be a lion (or lioness in my case I guess). I am stubborn and independent and, I do love lying in the sun.

Week 6!

1. Females villains tend to be more cunning and manipulative whereas male villains are generally more straight forward. Female villains tend to like to hide behind the scenes while their minions do the dirty work and only come out to take credit when the deed is finally done. Male villains, however, tend to like to be in the middle of the villainy while it is happening. Female villains also tend to be portrayed as more attractive than male villains. While Maleficent does have a slightly disturbing skin tone, it is nothing compared to Joker. Overall, Female villains tend to be portrayed as more tactful and intelligent.
2. In Sleeping Beauty color is largely used to portray aspects of good and evil. Maleficent is dressed in dark, gloomy colors. Her tower, likewise, is black and grey and is surrounded by dark smoke. Her henchmen, too, are black and dark brown in color. The fairies, on the other hand, are dressed in light blues, pinks and greens. This dress matches the surrounding forest they live in. In addition, Maleficent's hair (or headdress) is black in color whereas Aurora's hair is the color of the sun and her lips are the color of roses.

Week 7!

1. Iago is a villain for many reasons. First and foremost, he is manipulative. Instead of doing the dirty work he desires himself he gets others to do it for him. He gets Emilia to steal the handkerchief for him and Rodrigo to stain Cassio's image. Iago also lacks empathy. He doesn't care about who he has to hurt/kill to get his way, all he cares about is that he does get his way. To state the obvious, Iago is also a villain because he does kill someone. Throughout the play he never raised his hand to kill anyone himself until the end when he does kill Emilia. The fact that he killed her in itself makes him a villain.

Othello is a villain for many of the same reasons. For one, he is also manipulative. He tries to use Iago to get Cassio to admit to sleeping with Desdemona. He also tries to use Desdemona's own words against her to prove his belief that she is unfaithful. Secondly, he does also kill someone. Although he claims to love Desdemona with all of his heart, he does smother her in the end. He does this, not because she deserved it, but because he was taking his own insecurities out on her.

2. For very obvious reasons Dexter has a mental disorder. He quite clearly has psychopathy. He has a complete lack of empathy and remorse. This is shown by the fact that he kills people without any care. In addition, he has extremely shallow emotions and is at a constant level of deception. This is shown by the fact that he often makes comments about how he has to fake emotions in order to exist in society.

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For the obvious reasons, Scar and Prince John are similar because they are both cats. They both have greenish/yellow eyes and they are both a sort of orange brown color. They are also both looking for power they don't deserve. Both of them are seeking to gain power that rightfully belongs to their siblings.

Week 8!

1. I think the biggest difference is things that defy our natural humanity. The Joker disturbs us so much because he is exactly opposite of what we expect a natural human to be. We expect from a natural human emotion: empathy, fear, hope, love, etc. The Joker, who is devoid of humanity, doesn't have any of these. Computers and cars do not have humanity, they were made by humans and they do what we expect them to do. This is why even though these are unnatural, we do not fear them. The Joker, however, does nothing that people expect. Because we have no way to comprehend what to expect from him, we fear him. The same is true for many other villains.

2. From the movie, The Dark Knight, I would say that Batman is completely heroic. Bruce Wayne sacrifices everything in his own personal life in order to be Batman. He sacrifices Rachel, a girl he clearly loves, in order to be the hero Gotham needs. In addition, he sacrifices everything at the end of the movie in order to be a hero. He sacrifices his image and his passion in order to ensure that Gotham could have they hero they wanted. Personally, I wouldn't say that anything Batman does is villainous. He doesn't try to kill people. He doesn't try to permanently harm people. In the end, all he wants to do is keep Gotham safe.

3. Do we think any of Joker's stories about how he got his scars are true or have any truth to them? Could he have possibly done it to himself?

Week 9!

1. Throughout all the things we have watched and read, there is a constant problem of villains running wild. There is also, generally, a conflict about who is responsible for keeping tabs on and, in the end, taking care of these villains. We see this especially in Batman where the populous is unsure whether it is Batman or the police who is watching over these villains. This is also explored in Dexter where Dexter views his role as catching the villains whom the police can't. As a general rule, where there are villains involved, there is also some sort of super hero who is responsible for keeping tabs on them. Generally, this super hero has cool gadgets (Batman), magic powers (the fairies in Sleeping Beauty) or great strength (Beowulf). However, one has to ask, what about the rest of humanity? If you look at super hero lore, you will often see that super heroes come into being essentially because the rest of society is being lazy. Super heroes come out to pick up the slack that the rest of society has let slip. Personally, I think it is every single person's responsibility to know what is happening in the world. I think that every person has a responsibility to be aware of what is going on around them and to make sure that society in general is acting as it should. At the risk of making a great leap here, I think this pertains a lot to voting and government in general. It is the responsibility of the citizens to make sure their government is running in a way that is proper and to the benefit of society. Overall, I think every person has the responsibility to be informed and to be aware of what is happening.

2. I think the first question to ask of this question is: should we really be admiring the pirates? I mean, yes, Disney has made them seem really cool in movies like Pirates of the Caribbean. But, when it really comes down to it, they were all about stealing and destroying. Yes, one could make the argument that they needed to in order to survive in the society they lived in. But, at the same time, does that really make it okay? Don't get my wrong, I love pirates but at the same time, I don't necessarily think they should be admired. All those points aside, I think the privateers and the governments who gave them permission to be pirates are significantly worse on the villain scale. If the US were to announce that they were giving battleships permission to go out and attack innocent ships in order to bring back money or other goods the citizens of the US would be livid. Basically, neither pirates nor privateers are particularly admirable. However, privateers are significantly worse than pirates.

3. I think in many ways Eddie Brock and Cletus Cassidy do share the same levels of responsibility for their actions. They were both guys who were blindly driven by the desire to seek revenge. Yes, Eddie was a significantly better person that Cletus seeing as he had never pushed his grandmother down stairs, tortured a dog, murdered a school administrator, pushed a girl in front of a moving bus or burned down an orphanage but he was still selfishly seeking revenge for no real reason. As much as it seems great to blame the symbiote for both of their actions, the reality is that the symbiote really just provided a way for both Eddie and Cletus to make their actions come to fruition. Cletus wanted to kill people and Eddie wanted to punish Spiderman. The symbiote did not create these desires it just made these desires become a reality.

Week 10!

1. I honestly don't think there is a standard of morality that can be applied always. In a perfect world there might be a standard that no innocent person/people ever be killed. But, across history and in Watchmen, we see that sometimes the taking of innocent lives is required in order to save even more innocent lives. I can't say for sure since I have never been asked to give up my life, but, I'd like to think that I would be willing to sacrifice my life if it meant that a greater amount of lives would be spared. On the other hand, one should never murder an innocent person with no rhyme or reason. But, that falls into the "external details and situations" category.

2. I think it was a little bit of both. We are all born with certain facets of our personality. Some people are shy, some are outgoing, some are good leaders, some aren't. I believe that Voldemort was born with a personality trait that made him good at manipulation and have a hunger for power. However, I believe that it was his upbringing/life circumstances that created the drive to turn that manipulation and power into evil. Voldemort was abandoned by everyone around him. His father wanted nothing to do with his mother (and therefore him) and his mother had died during child-birth. I think this lack of emotional support was a big part in his life choice of evil.

3. I think the vampire lore of today largely reflects our desire to see things from every angle. The vampire lore of today largely reminds me of Dexter. Like Dexter, many of these work take something we as society generally view as evil and try to take it out of this black and white good vs evil and paint it more of a shade of grey. Today we want to sympathize with and understand the vampire instead of immediately rejecting it as evil. Like in Dexter, we want to understand why they are they way they are: what makes them evil, what drives them to kill and what they think and feel. I think as time goes on, we will see an even greater shift towards good vampires instead of evil ones. I think in many ways vampires will become the superheroes of the future.

Week 11!

1. I think, again, that child works provide a lot of insight into how society views right and wrong and what we find socially acceptable. Fairy tales, and children's works in general, still describe the same things we just see them in different ways. We can see the underlying themes in children's works and fairy tales that were always there we just couldn't comprehend or understand them as children.This exploration of these works provides a new look into the ideas and messages that were fed to us as children. Child-centered works are a direct look into the ideas and messages we as a society wish to convey.

2. I think a lot of the fascination with morbid things comes from our lack of understanding. We want to know what drives people to commit crimes. This goes along with the popularity of Dexter. I think it also has a sort of survival aspect to it. Gruesome and morbid things are all things we should have at least some sort of fear of. If we hear of someone getting murdered in a certain area we may avoid this area for a certain amount of time, maybe even forever. Similarly, we can view gruesome and morbid tales as stories that give us lessons as to how we should live.

3. I think a lot of this comes from societies and religions using demons as a way to explain why abnormal things happen. From this, people gained the idea that demons were responsible for anything that was out of the ordinary. When someone would commit a heinous crime, it must have been because of a demon. While I do believe that there are some people who legitimately think that they are being possessed by demons, I also think that many people just use it as an excuse to get away with things. Societies and religious people made it a socially acceptable thing to do and it has just continued since then.

Week 12!

1. I think Peter Pan had a great number of characteristics that we generally associate with villains. For one, Peter on several occasions showed heartless and cruel actions. Even though he is cruel without comprehension or intention, it can still be considered villainous especially with the way he acts towards the other boys. Peter is also extremely arrogant, something we generally associate with villainous characters. Peter also did murder Captain Hook. As a general rule, murder is considered to be a very villainous action and it is made even worse by the fact that Peter takes pleasure in killing pirates and redskins.

2. No, no, no, no, no! Snape is not the villain. In the end, Snape is the reason Harry survived and the reason Voldemort was defeated in the end. So Snape joined the Death Eaters. That was the only place he could find a home. Growing up his parents were cruel to him and then, when he reached Hogwarts, a place that he hoped would provide safety and a home, he was terrorized by James, Sirius and Lupin. I think any one of us who had faced exclusion and bullying like that would have reached out anywhere to find a home. When he told Voldemort about the prophecy he heard he was only doing his job. He never knew what the repercussions would be. Finally, when he was mean to Harry I believe it was a mixture of his disdain for James Potter, the way Harry constantly exhibited the arrogance of his father, a man who had frequently terrorized Snape, as well as Snape's need to retain a certain reputation among the Death Eaters. Snape loved Lily, truly, completely and totally loved her. Everything he ever did was because of his love for Lily. I think that has to count for something.

3. Oh god. I could write an entire essay on this. Yes, Spike deserved to be redeemed. In society we often let people off on crimes because they are proven to be insane. In the Buffyverse, the definition of a vampire is someone whose soul has been taken away. Could any of us say we wouldn't act the way he does if we were soulless? No, I don't think so. In addition, Angel was given a soul as punishment. Having a soul means that he has to relive everything he's ever done. I think the fact that Spike went and earned himself a soul has to count for something. He wasn't cursed with one, he earned one. In the end, Spike sacrificed himself to save the world. He deserved redemption as much as anyone else.

Week 13/14!

1. Gah. This question is so difficult to answer. I don't think there is any way Ender can prove completely and totally that he wasn't being manipulated by the Buggers. Humanity is often far too quick to place blame and doubt. When the world finds out about Ender keeping the egg and planning to find a place to put it, they will assume the worst and will only want to destroy the egg. This is similar to their reaction after the first invasion. Though they had no proof that the Buggers would attack again nor any idea what their true intention was, they just assumed that they needed to destroy them in order to survive. If an opportunity was at hand to completely and totally destroy the Buggers forever, the majority of humanity would be jumping the gun to take it. Essentially, Ender can seek to cultivate as much empathy towards the Buggers as possible and use the solid reputation of The Speaker of the Dead. But, there is no way he can prove without any doubt that he was not being manipulated.

2. Do I believe Rasputin was a real holy man? No. Do I believe that he was an extremely manipulative, psychopathic, clever, lucky man? Yes. Do I know how he managed to do all the seemingly "holy" things he did? No. But I still think it was just luck/fraud/coincidence.

3. Every hero needs a villain. Disney needed Hercules to have a villain. Had they chosen Hera there would have been that pesky problem of finding a way to explain to children Hera's reason for wanting revenge (I have my doubts many parents would be okay with a children's movie where they villain was pissed because her husband was a cheating bastard. Haha.). So, it was easier to create a villain out of Hades and make his motive a desire for power.

Week 15! (Last Week D:)

1. Okay. First off there is Prince Humperdinck. He is evil on multiple accounts. Aside from actually (almost) killing a person he also plots to murder his bride to be and frame her murder upon another kingdom in order to start a war. His cowardice reflects Westley's bravery. Throughout the movie Westley shows his brave qualities whereas Humperdinck chooses to hide behind others and just be a general coward. Secondly, there is Tyrone (honestly, when I have kids one of them will have the middle name Tyrone). The sole purpose of Tyrone's existence is to inflict pain. This reflects Inigo in the sense that Inigo also has had one purpose in his life, revenge. Tyrone doesn't have any real interest in the kingdom affairs or really care about anything Humperdinck wants to do. Instead he's just in it for the chance to torture people. Similarly, Inigo takes up a job with Vincini not because he actually wants to start wars but because he needs the funds to continue seeking his revenge.

2. Westley adopts the outside semblance of a stereotypical villain in order to survive. The persona of the Dread Pirate Roberts gives him the opportunity to continue his search for Buttercup without any interruption. He can essentially do whatever he wants based solely on the reputation of the pirate. In this sense it helps him in many ways. As a pirate he learns how to sword fight. This is clearly an integral part of his success in the movie. As a pirate he also gained his immunity to iocane powder which also helps him in the movie. Overall, I think Westley's adoption of stereotypical villainous qualities was necessary for his success.

Comments :)

I agree with you on why Westley needed to adopt the outside semblance of a villain, if you can't survive then you can't find the love of your life! I also agree with you how Humperdinck's cowardice reflects Westley's bravery. Westley never backed down, even when he could hardly stand, but Humperdinck would act like he was all tough and then give up as soon as he was faced with a challenge - reinada reinada Dec 1, 2011Reina

hahahaha. I am in complete agreement about Rasputin. He must of had some real good luck, which if you believe in karma doesnt really make any sense but I also think he was always just in the right place at the right time.
- Jamiea.book Jamiea.book Nov 27, 2011
Lena, first off I just have to point out how many times you used the word "persona." Loved it. Second I like the points you made such as Jekyll being a normal person and Hyde being wholly evil opposed to just one good and one evil side. I just focused on Hyde being wholly evil and never really realized Jekyll was just normal. Thanks for the insight. -Jamie

You are officially awesome. My two favorite shows are Buffy and Bones. Actually, the reason I started watching Bones was because I had four or five different friends tell me that I remind them of her. I'm also doing my project on Spike as a villain because he's just that wonderful. I too, detest Superman and my two favorite superheros are Batman and Spiderman. And I'm also a huge Lord of the Rings fan. So kudos on your taste! - Kharli

Your ideas about successful villainy are interesting and i especially like your point about how villains are usually one of the most intelligent characters in the plot. I feel that villains act on selfish drive as well and there is little other reasons that make people act in this way. I also thought it was really interesting how you put Mr. Hyde as the most evil on your villain-o-meter because other meters look differently with the Joker or Grendel as #1. This would make sense because Mr. Hyde is supposes to be Jakyll's pure evil incarnation right?- Droybal Droybal Sep 13, 2011Daniel

That was a pretty much perfect description of Dexter and why we like him. He does indeed make us question our definition of right and wrong and forces us to explore the grey areas of the world.- lduran02 lduran02 Sep 15, 2011Lawrence

I love your thought on every election being a type of revolution! Also, I agree with your reasoning for the courus not interfereing. The did put alot of faith in gods. -sdimpfel

I agree with your 'behind the scene' thing about female villains. Even though Medea did dirty her hands, she sent her kids to kill the woman who stole her man. If Medea had been a man I feel like she would have stomped on over the palace and killed the home wrecker with her own two hands. - reinada reinada Sep 29, 2011Reina

I agree with what you said about girls not wanting to get their hands dirty, they always have a group of loyal subjects willing to do that for them. i think that goes back to their manipulativeness (at least in movies).
- tylerjames1992 tylerjames1992 Oct 3, 2011

I think the biggest difference, which you stated a well, is that female villains are indeed generally more attractive. However, I think that when men are attractive, they tend to be even more awful villains, like Tom Riddle. I wonder why that is? - Kayleethegr8 Kayleethegr8 Oct 3, 2011Kaylee

I also think that female villains are indeed more cunning and manipulative.
They are always really good at getting what they want with their sneaky
ways. Most the time they use others for their dirty work and just take the
credit. Either way, female villains are way creepier.. - HeyThereAri HeyThereAri Oct 4, 2011Ari

Loved the comparison between vampires and Dexter. I feel like he is a vampire in many ways. Living secretly in society and slowly feeding off of them. - Roxypotter13 Roxypotter13 Nov 2, 2011

I agree with what you said about Batman sacrificing his personal life in order to protect Gotham. To me, this is very heroic because it was a more altruistic act, instead of defending public image or personal safety.
- tylerjames1992 tylerjames1992 Oct 18, 2011

I agree with your answer to the second question, about why gruesome things attract us. If something scares us enough, then we aren't going to go near that place, or do that thing. We sort of get our 'fix' from these grusesome things. We get scared, we learn, and we remember why these things scared us - reinada reinada Nov 3, 2011Reina
Love your answer to the Snape question. They are very good points and I can feel the strength of your feeling on the subject. -sdimpfel

So, Ender's possible manipulation. Yes, exactly. I agree that we as humanity would be unlikely to believe that the Buggers aren't actually bad. It's one thing to accept it as we read it, as "completely objective third-party observer" (props to whomever gets that quote) we can accept that the Buggers are good but if we were actually living in that time I don't know if we would believe Ender.- Kayleethegr8 Kayleethegr8 Nov 26, 2011Kaylee

I like your description of Rasputin, he was definitely very manipulative and lucky.
- tylerjames1992 tylerjames1992 Nov 29, 2011


1. I went to the zombie lecture on October 27th. The lecturer focused a lot on what a zombie may actually look like, how it may act and how to best fight it. He also talked about how zombies were originally created and the progression of zombies from then until now. Finally, the lecturer talked about how best to survive a zombie attack. I learned that I probably will not survive a zombie apocalypse. The lecturer talked a lot about how other people around you is a danger to your survival and I really don't think that it would be worth it to survive if you don't have anyone to be around.

2. I went to the UNM Art Museum to see the Warhol print. I have always been intrigued by his artwork and wanted to see Electric Chair. Which was pretty awesome. I also loved the great photography and the interesting sculpture. There was also a video of metronomes which I'm still unsure about.

3. I went to The Nutcracker Ballet. I love the Nutcracker Ballet. When I was a kid it was my favorite field trip that we took every year. This is actually pretty interesting seeing as I used to be terrified of Nutcrackers as a child and yet, I still always appreciate the Nutcracker in this ballet. I particularly loved the scene (as I always have) when the Nutcracker and the Rats are fighting. This was wonderfully rehearsed and I thoroughly enjoyed it.