Hey I’m Daniel and I’m from Espanola, NM. I took this class because I thought (think) I would be really cool analyze the motives of different villains in literature. I really like to run and bike and I try to do a lot of races, but I really just like to be outside. I am a huge chocolate fan and I love the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’ve always been involved and worked in the science field so I think I’m going to be a chem major and become a chemical engineer. My roommate says hi.

Journal Questions for the Week of August 23, 2011
I think that we watched this movie in class because it portrays two classic types of villains: the psychopath that wants to see others suffer and the successful billionaire that will take cruel and dangerous risks to keep/raise his assets. These are common drives when it comes to different villains’ actions. Characters like Bellatrix Lestrange and Carnage are similar characters to the Joker and Gordon Gekko is like Lex Luther. Maybe our views toward villains came from watching movie like this when we were younger… It’s also cool to see the different portrayals of these villains versus the Hollywood versions. We are all familiar with these two villains and watching a way that the director of this cartoon interpreted the personalities of these characters to appeal to children is pretty interesting.

Journal Questions for the Week of August 30, 2011
I feel that this is the reason why everybody that met Mr. Hyde was disgusted by him. Mr. Hyde was one of the "few things wholly evil" in this world and it was extremely easy for others to dislike him. Other characters in the book, including Dr. Jakyll, seemed to have a personality where good was more prevalent than evil, so he is almost unanimously likes by other characters in the book and readers of the book. Some people in class disliked Mr. Utterson because his good and evil natures are almost equal. Mr. Utterson has good intention and does care for his friend, but he is too worried about his reputation or afraid of what he might find out to keep asking about Dr. Jakyll. Many people believe that this uncaring nature is simply unacceptable in any good person, and they reject Mr. Utterson. I also feel that Lincoln's quote is almost a direct explanation to Dr. Jakyll's whole idea of destroying the evil part of human nature. Lincoln implies that if something is wholly good or evil, it is easy to decide whether to embrace or reject it. Dr. Jakyll wanted to completely get rid of the wrong inside him.

Journal Questions for the Week of September 13, 2010
Villains are stereotypically identified by their appearance and actions, which are good judging points to a certain extent. By their definition, villains perform evil actions against true justice. Evil actions cannot purely classify someone as a villain, but a true villain has to want others to hurt for their own gain. Whether this gain is a physical or emotional compensation, villains can be clearly described as selfish to say the least. Many of the villains we have studied have been evil since their creation, but I think that a lot of villainy starts with a traumatic event similar to Grendel’s mother losing her son. I feel that appearance can also play a role in determining a villain. Villains are usually extremely grotesque but they are often really good looking as well. While The Joker, Mr. Hyde, and Grendel were all ugly, Lex Luther and many others seem to almost compliment their villainy with their powerful, devious looks. The traits of a true villain are not exactly the opposite of those of a hero as well. I really think its more than just villains are to bad as heroes are to good. Unlike a hero, villains can exist without an opposite force and villains sometimes do not need any driving force to perform the actions that they do.

Villain-O-Meter:
Scale: 1=One who considers performing evil acts.
10=One whose every action is at the expense of someone else and lives to torment.


Lex Luther: 5
Joker: 8
Mr. Hyde: 7
Grendel: 7
Grendel’s Mother: 3
Dragon: 5
Dexter: 5
Medea: 8
Jason: 5
Maleficent: 8
Iago: 8
Orthello: 5
Joker: 9
Adrian Veidt: 4
The Comedian: 7
Peter Pan: 6

I believe a successful class discussion can be characterized when we can bring up a pint that helps us to further understand the reading. This point can be a realization of the author meaning or it can be our own thoughts to the story that the author may have never intended. To successfully do this everyone needs to give input on their own opinion of the story so that we can have a broad spectrum of ides that can all be beneficial to our reading. I think that it is good to be structured in our way of discussing, but I also think it can be very effective and entertaining to argue opposite points on a certain subject. I feel that we should discuss our opinions as if we are not in class but having a friendly conversation.

Journal Questions for the Week of September 20, 2011
Dexter can attribute its popularity to the violence it contains. Like the shows title character, its viewers are actually intrigued by the violence... kind of like a guilty pleasure. I think that many people that watch the show are really fascinated by its twisted nature that we can not normally think about without feeling wrong. This was my first time watching the show and it was definitely different than anything i had ever seen because there aren't many other shows where we regularly witness straight violence, the motives behind it, and, especially, the charming personality behind this serial killer. We are attracted to Dexter because hes pretty cool and funny, but also because he is so interesting. How does someone give such a strong image of normalcy and think and act as a serial killer. I feel that some viewers may relate to Dexter. This show could have easily been popular twenty or thirty years ago because human nature does not change. There are a lot of horror cult classics of the 80s the appeal to the viewer in this same way.

All four of these characters have the same motive: they have good intentions for humanity and act beyond the normal way to try to make their own vision come true. Dexter and Dr. Jakyll have their own personal needs that they are trying to satisfy, but they both believe that the outcome of what they are doing will benefit humanity. Batman and Superman are obviously similar in that they are both superheros, but they work toward the same goal. Dexter, Jakyll, and Batman are all very similar because they will break the law to do what they feel is right... superman might too if it is to save a life but he seems pretty straight. An obvious way that Beowulf is different is because he doesn't break any laws and is, in no way, villainous. Beowulf also seems to be fighting because it is part of his culture and what others demand of him, but the others fight for what they think is right.

Dracula seems to drink blood so passionately and, apart from the fact that it keeps him alive, he does it because he can not resist its powerful appeal. He seems to literally become intimate with someone else as he drinks their blood and can not have the same feelings without another body. There are obvious parallels with sex that has appealed to people since the first Dracula.

Jack the Ripper may have gotten away with a lot of his crimes because of his cleverness. His location was perfect as the identity of Jack the Ripper could've been anybody in the slum where the murders were happening. The guy did a good job of not leaving a lot of evidence and was clearly experienced. Because he was really interesting, he naturally gained a huge following from local newspapers.

Journal Questions for the Week of September 20, 2011
The Chorus of the play knows of Medea’s plan at the middle of the play when Medea explains her plan aloud right after she secures a safe place for herself at Athens. The Chorus is horrified at what Medea says she will do before and during her plan, but dies nothing about it. This is probably because of the Chorus’ job not to alter the action of the play in any way, but only to comment on what happens. The Chorus is not meant to be a character that actually works with or against the protagonist. Still, if this was a more lifelike story the chorus would’ve definitely intervened when they heard the children screaming for help… Another character that may have known about Medea’s plan is Creon. He exiled her from Corinth because he knew that Medea was unstable, but he still could not stop her plan. Creon took pity on Medea and let her stay one more day, unknowingly letting her villainy happen. I also think the messenger that told Medea of what happened to Glauce and her father knew of Medea’s plan, but still did not stop it. I’m pretty sure that he could put two and two together to figure out that Medea is insane, but he still let her get away with what she did. I feel that the gods were sided with Medea because if any of these characters had any common sense they would have put a stop to the murders. The gods aren’t really making their choice unclear when they send a dragon-drawn carrage…

There have been plenty of causes in history with intentions to benefit humanity at the cost of human lives. I feel that a lot of these causes may have actually revolutionized the way that we live if they had been pulled off. I also feel that lives are not something that can just be sacrifices for any cause. The leader or followers of a cause have no right to kill somebody because a decision like this can only be made by the person who the life actually belongs to. They are essentially stealing the a person’s most valuable possession(if that makes sense). Many causes can change humanity for the better, but murder is never the right decision for us to remain humane.

I feel that I have a very competitive nature within me and it comes out when I am very determined. I used to run and bike a lot of races and I loved to compete against people that I knew were faster than me. The adrenaline rush that I felt during my most intense races was always an amazing experience. My own inner beast comes out when I am very determined and when I am doing something that I love. A leopard would be pretty cool.

Journal Questions for the Week of September 27, 2011
Female villains aren't all that different from male villains but I can come up with a few generalizations. Female villains do not usually fight physically but use psychological skills to manipulate and come up with brilliant plans (unless they have some sort of superhuman ability). Male villains are usually stronger(physically) and uglier. Also, it seems like female villains are usually paired with female heroes and likewise with males. It feels weird to have a male hero fight a super-villainess... Other than these I feel like male and female villains aren't that different. Both can be beautiful and ugly. Both can be involved in the personal life of the hero. Both have the same selfish drive. Its easy to stereotype evil characters because they're all the same.

Color is a really powerful descriptor used in sleeping beauty separate good from evil. I really think that this is because the video was designed to make sense to kids as young as two so that they know the difference between bad and good. Nevertheless its really interesting that Maleficent has her dark purple/dark green/black color that is associated with her. Not only is Maleficant's clothes and appearance this color but also her castle, the forbidden mountains, the thorns she creates, and the dragon that she turns into. She looks blatantly different from anyone else in the movie because of the evil color that being evil has given her. The good side of the movie is characterized with a lot of bright colors and a rainbow-theme. Each fairy was a different color plus the clothes of the people of the kingdom and the flags of the castle were all very colorful and included every color of the rainbow. The difference between the two sides was made obvious almost immediately.

Journal Questions for the Week of October 4, 2011
I really think that Iago is one of the best (at being a) villains we've look at so far. He has no care for anybody around him and his actions are purely selfish. He also has almost no reason for doing the things that he does.While Iago claims that Othello slept with his wife and that he's sore from Cassio's promotion instead of his own, these seem to just be excuses. I feel not even he believes that Othello slept with Emilia and there is no way he can be that mad for not having the lieutenant position. Iago just wants to hurt Othello and Cassio because he is jealous. Though Iago is obviously the true villain of the story, it can be argued that Othello is a main villain as well. He does kill Desdemona and he does act upon impulse when firing Cassio, but this is really all under Iago's influence. I actually wonder how he is such a good war general when his mind is swayed so easily. Iago is clever enough to turn other in to villains themselves.

Grendel seem like a likely candidate for an anti-social disorder. He can just talk to the warrior about eating in the mead hall and instead just barges in and kills everyone. I think he feel alienated and, in anger, takes revenge on those that are mean to him. I also think that Medea also has some kind of mental disorder because she's pretty crazy. I'm just not sure what.....

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of similar villains is all of the wild dog-like villains. There are plenty of foxes,coyotes, and wolves that are portrayed as villains in stories. This is mainly because there animals are pretty shifty to begin with. They are really sneaky and common predictors. the wolf from the Three Little Pigs, Br'er Fox, and werewolves are villains that have a lot in common.

Journal Questions for the Week of October 11, 2011
When I think of a setting like Batman or a discussion about villainy my definition of unnatural is different than something artificial like a car or computer. I think that something is unnatural if it crosses a certain line of villainy. It is acceptable for villains to steal or be cruel to others because that is what a villain does. This line separates the petty villains from those that that brutally mutilate people or worship some evil deity. When a villain’s actions leave others wondering whether they are actually human and not some monster, this is when their actions are unnatural. The Joker is unnatural because of the way that he murders his own victims brutally with a knife. It makes the audience wonder how he can take pleasure from killing somebody slowly. He is also sick enough to put others in situations where they are tempted to kill each other, for example the “try-outs” with the broken pool stick or the ferryboat “social experiment”. These actions and the Joker’s strange personality make him so unnatural.

If I had only this movie to judge batman I would see him as more of an anti-hero. Batman is not afraid to break the law when he knows it ids for the common good. To Batman, the end justifies the means. It may make him more badass because he breaks the law, but it does make him less heroic. A hero does the right thing while staying within the moral and governmental limits, but is what the Joker tries to sway the heroes of the story from. The Joker’s insane actions drive both Batman and Harvey Dent to do things that they wouldn’t normally do. Yes Batman’s actions have a villainous nature such as torturing villains for information or disobeying government orders, but they are not villainous because his true purpose is to help Gotham City.

Is there any way that Harvey Dent could have not been influenced by the Joker and could have stayed on the good side?

Journal Questions for the Week of October 18, 2011
The quotation refers to keeping our protectors under control.When a society gives power to a few to protect the many, how will the many protect themselves against the few? We ask ourselves in this class all the time whether the villain of a story is a true villain and whether the hero is actually a true hero. Focusing on the ladder of these ideas, this quote suggests that there are heroes that can actually hurt people in society. While they should be responsible for monitoring what is happening in the world, sometimes it doesn't happen that way. This reminds me of a quote in The Dark Knight also: "You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." Harvey Dent turned into a villain because he let the Joker make him into an insane criminal. In Watchmen, The Comedian is definitely not a hero even though he works for the government against injustice. He kills innocent people and has no compassionate feelings. It is important to question the heroism of both the good and the bad guys to gain a clear view of the moral justice in the story.

I think privateers are pretty cool because they were allowed to use their resources to help their government. I think all pirates should look into becoming privateers so that they can get paid for doing what they already do and not get hunted down. Privateers are actually similar to the Watchmen because they are allowed to do something that is morally ambiguous for the government.

I feel that Brock and Kasady share different levels of responsibilities because Kasady was already a villain when he bonded with the symbiote. Eddie Brock was a pretty innocent guy before his bonding and I feel that the Venom symbiote actually made Brock into the villain that he is. The symbiote caught Brock at a moment when he was weak with a strong desire for revenge on Spider-Man. Kasady was already a psycho serial killer. Even with strong morals, I feel like there are situations that exist where we have to compromise our our own morals. These situations are often extremely rare or never happen but sometimes it is better if, instead of being stubborn about a belief, it may be better to make and opposite decision than the one that may seem right. In Watchmen, Night Owl, Laurie, and even Ozymandias has to sacrifice their own beliefs that it is bad to murder people when they realized that Ozymandias' plan was for the greater good. I don't think that anything can be inherently evil either. Humanity can be born inherently good because of strong feelings that humanity has toward compassion or its possible they can be born neutral and gain this compassion along life..

Journal Questions for the Week of October 25, 2011
Even with strong morals, I feel like there are situations that exist where we have to compromise our our own morals. These situations are often extremely rare or never happen but sometimes it is better if, instead of being stubborn about a belief, it may be better to make and opposite decision than the one that may seem right. In Watchmen, Night Owl, Laurie, and even Ozymandias has to sacrifice their own beliefs that it is bad to murder people when they realized that Ozymandias' plan was for the greater good. I don't think that anything can be inherently evil either. Humanity can be born inherently good because of strong feelings that humanity has toward compassion or its possible they can be born neutral and gain this compassion along life.

This is kind of similar to that^ question. If Lord Voldemort didn't exist in a magic world but a normal one, I would say that he wasn't born inherently evil. Like other humans, he was neutral and may have even had a little good in him. I feel that Merope's manipulation of Tom Sr. could have left Merope with a tainted soul and her child could have been born with some darker magic inside him. In a universe where the power of love blocks spells I think that this could've been plausible.

The next era's lore could build even further on the way that we really admire vampires and their tendencies. I don't think that humans will ever get over their infatuation with the supernatural especially vampires.

Journal Questions for the Week of November 8, 2011
Peter may not seem like a likely villain, but his enticing ways make him into a dark evil-doer. No only does he convince the children to disobey their parents, but he also convinces them to fly somewhere dangerous where they can be killed. Peter's inexperience makes him so naive to the situations he is in and he put his friends in He also murders pirates! Any murder is bad and pirates are pretty cool. Peter can be seen as a villain because his decisions put the Darling parents in misery and he deprives the Darling children and the Lost Boys of the love that they need from their parents.

Even though the whole series led the reader on to think the worst of Snape, he is clearly not a villain because of everything he sacrifices to do something good for Harry's family. Sure he was a deatheater for a while, but Voldemort really just got to Snape when he was most vulnerable. Snape realized the error of his ways and, even though he didnt really show it, he knew that he was doing the right thing when he joined Dumbledore's side. Sure he was rude to Harry, but that doesn't mean that he didn't have the best intentions for Harry because Harry was Lilly's son. Dumbledore said that Snape was hiding the best of himself because his true intentions were actually noble despite his actions.

Spike tried to rape Buffy which is a pretty big deal. I don't know if he deserves redemption because that's pretty bad... even if he's evil. He also repeatedly took advantage of her in the past and she pretty much was forced to be intimate with him.


Journal Questions for the Week of November 22, 2011
It would be hard for Ender to truly convince the world that he was free from any manipulation of the buggers. The world will see Ender’s deception as a mark of a traitor quickly. It can be argued that the buggers could not have manipulated Ender because they didn’t even realize that the human race was sentient. The Buggers could never have thought that anybody could be manipulated as an actual individual. Even this is an argument that doesn’t have a lot of credibility because of the perceived ruthlessness of the buggers and humanity’s refusal to accept them. Ender does not have guaranteed freedom from this prosecution. I feel that the only way he may gain his own freedom to speak on the behalf of the buggers is when he proves that the Buggers are actually a species with their own sense of compassion. When Ender proves that the foreign alien race did not see humans as actual living beings is when he will be free from humanity’s prosecution. Ender is a brilliant person and an excellent leader. He will find a way to gain the trust of humanity and the freedom of the Buggers

Rather than being a holy man I feel that Rasputin was extremely tricky and manipulative. Some of his actions were actually proves using deductive reasoning. He could not actually have supernatural powers unless his powers included a clever mind that allowed him to be so fraudulent. Many of his powers could have been just stories that have been survived as “eyewitness accounts”. They were just exaggerated over time.

Hades is the obvious villain in a cartoon based off of Greek mythology. Hades isn't the only villain in the different myths of the culture, but Hades seems to be the root of all evil. He is truly the ultimate villain of the Greek mythology world.

Journal Questions for the Week of November 29, 2011--Last Journal Questions for the semester
The multiple villains in this movie all seem to have one counter-part that is matched with them. I think that the three main villains are Prince Humperdinck, Count Tyrone, and the Sicilian man. Each of these characters have different ultimate motives... Prince Humperdinck is after power because he wants to start a war with other country;s so that he can take them over. Tyrone is truly evil and his main intention is to bring pain unto others. The Sicilian was hired by Humperdinck to dispose the princess, so i assume his main intentions are his payment. I think that the character that id Humperdink's opposite is Westley because Humperdink is the largest obstacle that gets in the way of Westley and Buttercup's true love. Tyrone's opposite is Inigo because of Inigo's intentions for avenging his father. Love also triumphs over evil here as well. I think that the opposite of the Sicilian is Fezzik. The Sicilian has a cruel reign over the lovable giant and, even though Fezzik didn't actually overcome his oppressor, Fezzik did learn to become his own person that makes decisions for himself.

Westley takes this appearance, firstly, so that he can survive he previous Dreaded Pirate Roberts' attack. He takes on a villainous personality so that he can live on the pirate ship and, someday, become the new leader. He continues to use this personality when he chases after and confronts buttercup mostly for the plot of the story so that there is a later twist. As far as the characters intentions i think he used the facade to hide his identity from the kidnappers and test Buttercup's faithfulness. Other that these intention's, i feel that Westley kind of likes being the new Dreaded Pirate Roberts. He has the confident personality that would attract him to the job as a leader of criminals.

Lectures
10/29/11- Zombie Presentation.
This was a pretty cool presentation that covered many common questions about zombies and their existence. The presenter told us about the origin of the zombie and its evolution from and difference from the vampire through different movies. He showed us clips from the very first zombie movie and explains their common traits and personalities. He then moved on to how to survive an actual zombie attack. He explained that there are four main threats during a zombie apocalypse: other humans, zombies, the government, and yourself. I think that the scariest on was other humans. He explained that during a zombie apocalypse, other humans will do anything to survive so they will not hesitate to kill you over food or shelter. Overall it was a really interesting presentation and a great speaker.

11/11/11-Orchestra Concert
This was a concert i went to that was pretty good but it was really long. It was performed by the students of the Opera Studio and it was called "Mozart: Mayham and Madness". They performed scenes from different operas so it wasn't one story but the pieces that they played sounded really cool and they were pretty good at playing. Overall a very interesting and pleasant lecture to attend.

11/18/11- Latino and Media Presentation.
This was actaully a followup to a presentation done before but they said that more people attended this one. It was called "The Conundrums of Latino Media" and it was a presentations by George Yúdice who is the chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at the University of Miami. He talked about his research and he showed us that Hispanics are the fastest growing racial group in the world. He told us that is important for America as a society to embrace more Hispanic culture as to broaden our cultural significance. He explained how cities like Miami and Los Angeles are doing a great job of giving Latinos a cultural center in the United States. Pretty cool.




I agree with you as to why people probably didn't like Mr. Hyde, because of just how wholly evil he is. Also, how you related the quote is every true, and I didn't fully think of it the way you did. It would be so much easier to expell something that is wholly evil, rather than something that is mixed. Dr. Jekyll being able to make something wholly evil made it an easier distinction between his good side, and the bad. - reinada reinada Sep 1, 2011Reina
I do love your point on villains being selfish, and I definitely agree. I like that you placed Mother Grendle low down on your villain-o-meter. I don't feel that she is trully all that evil, and I agree that she was mainly reacting to her sons untimly death. Something that is almost entirely understandable. - sdimpfel sdimpfel Sep 13, 2011

I liked your explanation on Dexter. I agree that the reason viewers watch it is because they like the twisted element of the show. I also agree that Jack the Ripper was creative and clever.
- jserru jserru Sep 15, 2011Jaclyn- jserru jserru Sep 15, 2011

I also agree with you that color is one of the main ways a author/director can portray if a character is evil or good. For bad guys it is mostly dark colors as for good guys they are bright. I enjoy the directors portrayal of Maleficant. - HeyThereAri HeyThereAri Oct 4, 2011Ari

I didnt even think of comparing animal villains, but thats a good take on it. especially in children's stories animals play big roles, and in those common predators like fox's and wolves are usually the villains. - Jamiea.book Jamiea.book Oct 10, 2011

I like what you said about the dog-like villains. I think this plays on our fear of being eaten and of natural predators (wolves).
- tylerjames1992 tylerjames1992 Oct 11, 2011

Iago really is the best villain. He hasn't been the 'deadliest' or perhaps even the scariest in the direct sense, but the concept of someone who can manipulate all those around himself is crazy scary! - Kayleethegr8 Kayleethegr8 Oct 11, 2011Kaylee

I would have to agree that Madea definitely has some sort of mental disorder, and I think if it were ever diagnosed we would find many of the same qualifications for the disorder in Lago. -angelica

I enjoyed your thoughts on how Snape is a good guy. I agree with you a hundred percent. He had to do those things for a reason. I dont think anything would have gone according to plan if he revealed his true intentions. ~Ari

I don't think that humans will get over their intrigue of the supernatural either. We are naturally curious beings. - Roxypotter13 Roxypotter13 Nov 5, 2011

I too thought that Rasputin was tricky and manipulative. I too think that Ender needs to prove that the Buggers are their own race too before he can be free.
- jserru jserru Nov 29, 2011Jaclyn