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Journal Questions 24 August 2011
1) Hey guys!!! My name is Jaclyn. I plan to major in Biology and minor in Chem. I eventually want to be a doctor, preferably a cardiologist or neurologist...not sure which one though. I've lived in Albuquerque all my life. I uploaded this picture for two reasons; one, cause I have no other picture of myself on this computer and because it is a reminder of a great group I was a part of. In high school I was the co-president a group called Kids Against Hunger. We would spend all year fundraising money for one big event. On the Wednesday before Holy Thursday my school would come together and package food for the hungry. Our greatest accomplishment as a school was packaging 285,000 meals and sending the majority of it to Haiti. I am uber excited because my best friend and I have actually brought it to UNM. Instead though it'll be called Fight Against Poverty. Well I'll stop there cause I could go on forever on that topic.


2) We watched this children’s movie for a couple of reasons. We watched it to first start to getting simple ideas flowing through our brains. But second, we watched it because villains are easily depicted in these types of movies or shows. In more advanced novels or movies we find villains easy to point out but more difficult to describe. In The Batman/Superman Movie, it was easy to pick out who was the villain and who was the hero. It was also easy to see the joker’s motive. Obviously he wanted to destroy one hero and make money. But when we read more complex novels we will find that money or power may not be the villains main motive.


Journal Questions 30 August 2011

1) I think this quote has relevance to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde because Dr. Jekyll is neither wholly good nor wholly evil. He, like anyone, has both a good and evil side. Dr. Jekyll was confined to the idealistic image of life that eventually he wanted to explode. Therefore, he created Mr. Hyde. We all have an equal balance of good and evil but if we indulge in evil it takes over us. It changes who we are and what our beliefs are. This is what happened to Dr. Jekyll, he indulged too much into Mr. Hyde. Evil is addictive; for example, Dr. Jekyll had used Mr. Hyde as an escape. He knew the addiction was getting to strong so he tried to rid himself of Mr. Hyde. Eventually, he couldn’t survive without Mr. Hyde. He tried to rid himself of it but the addiction was too powerful that he gave into his weaknesses and render to evil.
Comments
I like how you refer to what Jekyll was going through as an "addiction" because I think that's exactly what was happening to the poor guy - on more than one level.
- samanthaprina samanthaprina Aug 31, 2011samanthaprina

You refer to Mr. Hyde as Dr. Jekyll's addiction which I completely agree with, I'm wondering if you think a person could ever be considered so addicted to evil that they lose the good in themselves and must be rejected? Honest Abe is sort of saying if a person is more than 50% evil they must be rejected. Also do you really think we are all an "equal balance of good and evil?" - lduran02 lduran02 Sep 1, 2011Lawrence

Journal Questions for the Week of September 13, 2010
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?

A. Okay so since I wasn't in class....I'll come up with what I think successful villains need.
1)Original clothing theme. Most villains are not very tasteful. The joker, for example, has a white face. Or in Beowulf, Grendel is described as disgusting and scaly. Every good villain has a signature look.
2)A good villain cannot be easy to relate to. If the reader feels sympathy towards the villain then he would not be a very good villain. The story doesn't flow well. The main purpose of a villain is to strongly dislike the so called "enemy". If we found out Grendel was a nice simple person living in a swamp, the reader would then sympathize with him rather then Beowulf and therefore make Beowulf the villain.
3)They must have a strong need to fulfill something. Most villains are either evil or they are trying to achieve some sort of success. The difference between a villain and a normal person is their means of achieving success. A villain will do this by hurting someone or something. For villains believe that the end justifies the means.
4)Occasionally, a good villain will be crazy in some aspect. If all villains were completely sane, then they probably wouldn't do half the things they do.
5)A good villain must be original. If every villain were the same, books would become boring. We could easily predict the end of the book. What makes a good story is the element of surprise and villains play a huge part of this.


2.Create your own Villain-O-Meter. As the semester progresses, rank each villain we encounter on the scale, compared to the others. You can use a 1-10 ranking system, a chart, or whatever way you choose in order to show the relative positions of each baddie.

A.

VILLAIN-O-METER

1. General evil. One who steals candy from little kids, pushes people, and steals random objects.
5. Evil with more passion. One that kills, burns buildings, and stealing cars.
10. Complete evil. One that is a mass killer, mass robber, mass everything.


Dr. Jekyll-2: Didn't really do much, just allowed for Mr. Hyde to be evil.
Mr. Hyde-6:Because he was relatively evil and he killed someone.
Grendel-8: Because he continually killed people, terrorized civilians, caused general chaos.
Grendel's Mother- 7: Generally evil, kills only a few but more then just an average evil person.
Dragon-5:Though he only killed Beowulf he also burned a lot of objects, therefore he is a little more then general 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?

A. I think a good discussion has to include a couple of things like organization. We can't all talk at once. But I do think we all are entitled to our opinions and should discuss them all. I personally love sitting and listening to everyone talk because then they add insight into my opinion. From the one disccussion I was present for I thought it went really well. There were some things about Dr. Jekyll that I would have never thought about but I totally agreed with. It didn't happen much, but I don't like when people break off and have their own discussion because then I feel I lose apart of the discussion and information.
Comments
I love how you brought up in your 'villainy criteria' answer that most villains are insane because it made me think that it's the same way for most heroes too. - samanthaprina samanthaprina Sep 7, 2011samanthaprina


I like your idea on the villain meter and how you explained why each character was evil and why you rated them that way. I also agree with the class discussion issue we do break off into our own worlds and we need to fix that.
- CarolineNess CarolineNess Sep 9, 2011


Journal Questions 13 September 2011
Q. 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?
A:It’s popular for two reasons: acceptability and uniqueness. It is acceptable because this time period is used to this sort of story or rather the far out there thought of the story. It’s also very unique. There are plenty of shows that deal with petty drama but how many shows have a serial killer who’s actually a good guy? I don’t think it would have been acceptable at any other time but ours. Our culture is so used to out there thoughts, whereas is it aired in the early 1900’s people would have been disturbed.

Q. What parallels can you draw between Dexter, Dr. Jekyll, Batman and Superman? Go beyond the surface. How are they different from characters like Beowulf?
A:I think that Dexter, Dr. Jekyll, Batman, and Superman all have in common the element of true humanity. If those characters were all good and had no flaws, what story would we have? These characters show that everyone is imperfect. If a character has flaws we can relate. We can say “hey, no one’s perfect” or “hey, they make mistakes too”. No one wants to read or watch the person getting everything they wanted and are perfect. These characters show that humans can have both evil and good qualities. In Beowulf, the bad villains are purely evil, no if ands or buts. But with these other characters the line between heroism and villainy is blurred.

Q. From Miles's presentation: Why is the character of Dracula/the drinking of blood considered sexual?
A: The idea of vampires is sexual because of all the mystery. The vampires in today’s society are relatively attractive(I say relatively because I have to include Edward:P). People are intrigued by the sense of mystery that a vampire portrays. It offers a sense of being forbidden. We are not supposed to drink blood but some find it intriguing. In some sense it has to do with danger. Why do people jump out of an airplane? Because of the rush they get from it; same with vampires. Because they are dangerous and mysterious and forbidden we find them attractive.

Q: From Hunter's presentation: Why did Jack the Ripper get away with his crimes when the media coverage/police investigation so great?
A: I believe that because it was so popular is why it did't get solved. Of course there were witnesses to the crimes but some I believe were false because those people wanted attention. Of course everyone cared about it but their fear prevented them from actually looking into the crime. Plus I don't believe there was one specific Jack the Ripper. I believe there were many. That's why it was so difficult. It's a lot harder to look for ten Jacks then it is to find one. Plus if you looked at each crime, the scenes were each slightly different. Plus the technology that they had then was soooooo less advanced then ours is today. Now a days we can pick apart each part of a crime scene. Back then they could only look at what was in front of them like fingerprints. If Jack the Ripper were alive today, we would find him almost instantly.


Dexter Villain-o-meter: 6 Because though he is a killer his intention is to make the world semi-better
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Journal Questions for the Week of September 20, 2011







Q: 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?



A: I think they allow this villainy because it is somewhat justified. Of course I disapprove of what Medea did but I think that the gods allow it because Jason deserved it. I feel that in the Grecian era punishments and consequences were quite severe. For example, in the story of Sisyphus, Sisyphus simply told the location of a woman and that displeased Zeus. Consequently, he was forced to push a rock up a hill for eternity only to watch it fall down when he got to the top. So in a twisted sense, what Medea did was equal to what Jason did. The chorus, however, disapproves of her actions. They are all for revenge until she mentions killing her children.



Q: From Kaylee's presentation: Choose either (a) or (b)



(a) Is Mao's quotation, "In this world, revolution is the mainstream" still true?



(b) Do you have a limit or a threshold of how many people can die before a cause becomes unjust?



A: (a) I believe his quote is still true. If one looks at the world today, society is built on perfecting itself and this is done by revolution. Countries are constantly reforming their government in some way, shape, or form. In Egypt, for example, the people wanted change so they formed a revolution. Every society has room for improvement. No one country has it completely right. So in order to perfect it, countries have revolutions. Whether these revolutions are for the better is still a question though.



Q: From Lawrence's presentation: Everyone has an inner beast, an animal hidden within the subconscious. What is yours and why?


A: My inner beast is an otter. Why one may ask. Well, otters are generally playful and fun. I consider myself to be both. They’re loving and cute animals too. Otters are outgoing and friendly and when I’m not generally nervous I am too. Negatives are that otters contain is there productivity. They can sometimes be lazy as am I. Plus I really have no clue what other inner beast I could choose.
Villain-o-meter
Medea: 5 because though she was right i having revenge, she cant just kill a bunch of people and not get some blame
Jason: 6 because though he didn't kill anyone, he was the cause of their deaths. In my mind that's almost worse then actually killing a person.
Comments

I liked your example for the first question, shows how the gods kinda do things that perhaps we wouldn't approve of. I think the gods were just way too emotionally driven, but Jason did deserve it and maybe they enjoyed the little show Medea put on. Who knows what they were thinking of though, those crazy gods. - reinada reinada Sep 23, 2011Reina

I like your explanation about how Jason is just as guilty as Medea for what happens in the story, but, like you, i feel that Medea was definitely in the wrong. It's really interesting how you put Jason higher than Medea on your villain-o-meter. It seems that Jason actually may be the cause of the deaths in the story.- Droybal Droybal Sep 27, 2011Daniel


Journal Questions for the Week of September 27, 2011







1. How do female villains differ from male villains?

  1. A. I think female villains are more powerful or rather malicious.(Hence Maleficent’s name) A female villain is more cunning than a male villain. Female villains usually have some sort of sneaky detailed plan whereas male villains will act on a whim. Maleficent sends her animals and bird to do her bidding. Only once does she truly “fight” In Peter Pan, Hook never really has someone do his work. He is always the one fighting Peter Pan. So, in conclusion, women villains so a little more planning and thinking when it comes to doing their evil deeds whereas male villains act without true, careful planning.

2. How is color used to portray aspects of good and evil in Sleeping Beauty?

  1. B. In Sleeping Beauty, good is represented as fair and bright colors. Evil is seen as green or dark colors. Someone in class stated that green is also associated with envy and jealousy. I agree with that statement. I think that Maleficent is jealous of all the things that Aurora has been given. She’s just an envious person. She doesn’t have real followers, she’s green, and she really has no one who cares about her. We’ve been taught that dark is associated with evil or bad. So naturally we assume good is associated with bright cheerful colors. The movies had the fairies as bright colors and were therefore good.

Comments
Not sure if I agree with female villains being more powerful, but they are definitely more malicious. I can see how women might have to rely more on their brains. Female villains definitely scare me more anyways.- lduran02 lduran02 Sep 30, 2011



interesting about maleficent being envious. I didn't see her as that during the movie, but I can definitely understand that now.
- tylerjames1992 tylerjames1992 Oct 3, 2011

I agree with you that maleficent being envious toward Aurora.
Her color throughout the entire film is green which gives the
audience a sense of her jealousy.- HeyThereAri HeyThereAri Oct 4, 2011Ari



Journal Questions for the Week of October 4, 2011



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.

A: Both Othello and Iago were villains simply for their manipulations towards other people and for their sheer fakeness. Iago used Cassio as a pawn to get back at Othello, whereas Othello continually over looked Iago. Iago manipulated both Cassio and Roderigo by setting them up as “bad guys” in Othello’s eyes. Othello manipulated Desdemona and Iago. He always put down Desdemona. When the opportunity arose to promote Iago to lieutenant, Othello overlooked simply overlooked him. Both men were fake. Iago switches his loyalty to each person consistently throughout the play. He was fake and untrustworthy. Othello however only was fake to his wife. He never asked her if she was cheating. He was fake to her face and then when he thought he was positive, he killed her.



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?

A: Dr. Jekyll perhaps? I think that he had multiple personality disorder. What person really wants to be purely evil? When reading this book I really questioned his thought process on creating Mr. Hyde. Sure, I see his point on every once and a while breaking out of the mold society has placed most of us into but not to the point of needing Mr. Hyde.



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?

A: Two villains that are similar are Scar and Claudius. Both of these characters hold the same position in the family. The position they hold is uncle. These characters both have the same motivational drive, they have an overwhelming drive for power. They both seem to be lesser in the eyes of others which is why the drive for power is necessary. This drive is so overwhelming that they throw out all human instinct of protection and loyalty to family to kill the brother that always overshadowed them.


Villain-o-meter
Othello-3- for killing his wife and being manipulative
Iago-7-Manipulative and causing the death of others

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Journal Questions for the Week of October 11, 2011

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?

A: People are scared of technology though. Elderly people hate using phones, parents dislike children having access to everything with one click on the internet, and I’m pretty sure people feared cars when they first came out. I think we fear change and define that change as unnatural. Until something becomes common and widely accepted do we find it not natural. I think we can define unnatural as being out of our regular norm and as being dangerous or having potential danger.

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?

A:I think that Batman is a hero. I don’t understand why everyone considers him a criminal. He consistently fights bad guys and only bad guys. He has never harmed an innocent person. Like in this movie he gets mad at Dent for being mean to the mentally ill man. Though I do question why he never killed Joker. I think it has to do with him being a good, heroic person, but I could be wrong. Joker even says he’s incorruptible at the end of the movie. Also he takes the blame for Dent’s bad moments. Who doesn’t consider that as being heroic?

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.

A: My question is why does Gotham find Batman to be horrifically bad? After all he has been cleaning up the streets for them. (In my defense I’ve never seen the first Batman….so if that’s been already answered I’m sorry)

Villain-O-Meter
Joker: 9-For killing numerous people and having no justification and being a complete loon

Well, a criminal is someone who breaks laws. Batman breaks.. a lot of laws. Yes, it is for the greater good and he generally does it to save lives, but he's still breaking the law. This is particularly controversial when he hacks Gotham's cellphones to find the Joker. That in and of itself is breaking the Constitution, he's invading our privacy. Personally, I think that's incredibly wrong. It's like the government hacking our phones to find terrorists. I have my rights and no one should be able to break them. - Roxypotter13 Roxypotter13 Oct 13, 2011

These days, nearly everyone is a criminal, meaning nearly everyone has broken the law at some point or another. It doesnt make us all villains, or even bad people. Batman saves people, but he also injures people, sure he is trying to save dent when he takes the blame, but who knows how many other people were hurt in his quest, he rammed through plenty of cars and created many explosions. He is not a villain, nor is he a hero, he is simply a vigilante. - Jamiea.book Jamiea.book Oct 18, 2011

Journal Questions for the Week of October 18, 2011

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?
A: I think that it’s every ones responsibility to watch. The civilians in the different pieces of literature that we have studied should not just expect one person to destroy the bad guy. They should stand up too and fight the villains. In real life we are all responsible for the good and the bad that goes on in our world. If you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem. We can all make small differences in the world, whether it’s small or large. It could be as simple as holding the door open for someone or as big as a firefighter saving a life. My role in today society is the same as everyone else, to make the world a better place by becoming a better person.

2. From Jaclyn's presentation: Are privateers less admirable than pirates because they had permission to be "bad?"
A: I think that they are less admirable simply because it’s a cop out. I mean part of being bad is breaking away. I guess they’re smarter but still I think they can be considered cowards.

3. From Daniel's presentation: Do Eddie Brock (Venom) and Cletus Cassidy (Carnage) share the same levels of responsibility for their actions?
A: I think that they do share the same level of responsibility. I don’t know comic books that well but I don’t think that a troubled childhood should determine if their villainous acts were justified. They both chose to allow the symbiote into their lives therefore they’re both equally responsible.

I agree with you about Venom and Carnage. Everyone has a past, so why should theirs make it okay for them to be evil (or allow evil to bond with them)? When it comes to killing, there is no excuse. - reinada reinada Oct 20, 2011Reina

Hear hear!! We are all watchmen and are required to make a positive impact. That was very nicely phrased. - Kayleethegr8 Kayleethegr8 Oct 24, 2011Kaylee

I agree that we are all like little watchmen. If everybody were to make a small difference the world could be a better place in only a matter of time. But knowing our society that wont ever happen. Which is really quite sad :( - HeyThereAri HeyThereAri Oct 25, 2011Ari


Journal Questions for the Week of October 25, 2011

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?


Think everyone is born the same. We have the potential to be good or bad. Ultimately however we choose if we are evil or good. Our surroundings definitely shape our decision though. However this is not an excuse to be evil



2. From Ari's presentation: was Lord Voldemort born evil or was he a victim of his upbringing/life circumstances?


Like I said earlier we are all born with the potential to be evil or good. So I think his surroundings had a big impact on his life. He was out casted as a young child because he was different. This can scar a child pretty badly. In today’s society we see the effects of bullying everywhere. So Lord Voldemort was partially a victim to his surroundings. But they weren’t fully to blame for his evilness.



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



I think Lena said it perfectly in class. Vampires fill the need that the society needs at that moment. They were the answer to mysteries in the early stages and now with a culture that is obsessed with sex, they fulfill that need. Today society is also obsessed with making things somewhat realistic. Though I hate Twilight, there is a reason why it is so successful. People can almost visualize vampires walking the hallways at school. I honestly have no clue what the future holds for them but my best guess would be what the future would need.

I completely agree, todays society is obsessed with sex. and your probably also right about why twilight is so successful, people are so overcome by the perfectness of the vampires that they it becomes obsession and fantasy. - Jamiea.book Jamiea.book Oct 31, 2011


Realism is definitely a very popular style in this era, i agree with how Twilight is a more "realistic" fantasy story than other vampire stories.
- tylerjames1992 tylerjames1992 Nov 1, 2011

I also think that we all have a the ability to be good or bad. It is our decisions that we choose that ultimately define us as being good or evil. - HeyThereAri HeyThereAri Nov 1, 2011Ari


Journal Questions for the Week of November 1, 2010

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 for the rest of the semester? What can be gained by this exploration?

I think at the beginning of the semester we thought villains in children’s work was so simple and cookie cutter. But from our discussion on Tuesday, we had a hard time pegging who the villain really was and what purpose the stories stood for. I think what we can learn from this is that not everything is as it seems. Sure we all knew the stories we read but until we really sat down and analyzed them did we learn that those stories were not so simple.
2. From Angelica's presentation: (H. H. Holmes) Why are people so fascinated by things that are so gruesome and morbid?

It goes out of our everyday norm. I think that we wonder how could this happen? Or why did we allow these gruesome things to go on? We wonder how these actions could have snuck underneath us. It’s part of our human nature to ask why and gruesome facts are no exceptions. For example, 9/11, we had scientist and plenty of other professionals analyze why and how everything happened. We did this because we were curious and we didn’t want it to happen again. We learned from this incident.
3. From Stephanie's presentation: Many times people blame their actions on demons--why is this an excuse that people use?

No one ever wants to take responsibility for the wrongs that they’ve done. So some have the courage to do this but others need some sort of excuse to blame. They don’t want it to be their fault so they make the “demon” take the blame. However, I do believe there are such things as demons in the world. But based on the idea of we have a choice to be evil or to be good, we choose to let these demons control us. We give them power by allowing them into our lives.


Journal Questions for the Week of November 8, 2011

1. Make a case for Peter Pan as the villain of the story. Also, please update your evil-o-meter if you haven't recently.
Peter’s arrogance alone can make anyone dislike him. He technically kidnapped the Darling children. Most people consider someone who steals kids is a villain. He worried the children’s parents. Also he plays the same game with every young girl he meets; first with Mrs. Darling, then Wendy, and then with Jane. He’s rude to the lost boys and tries to prevent them from growing up.

2. From Sam's presentation: Was Snape mostly a villain? Why or why not?
I can’t say he’s either. Sure he has villain like qualities like being mean to Harry. But he was also a hero when it was necessary. He confessed his wrong to Dumbledore, he acted as a double agent, he protected Harry when he was in grave danger, and he killed Dumbledore for heroic reasons. So if I had to choose, I’d probably say he’s a hero.

3. From Kharli's presentation: Did Spike deserve redemption after what he tried to do to Buffy?
If someone is truly sorry for what they’ve done, they deserve forgiveness. From Kharli’s presentation I thought he was sorry for having hurt her. He also gave his life to save everyone else. Therefore I think he did deserve redemption.
Ozymandias- 8
Rorschach- 5
Dr. Manhattan- 3
Frau Gothel- 6 for making a father pay for being nice to his wife, locking an innocent girl in a tower and then throwing a man out of a window.
Rapunzel’s mother- 2 for her odd cravings
Father of Rapunzel- 4 for giving his child away
Cinderella's Stepmother- 4 for being a mean stepmother.
Cinderella's Stepsisters- 4 for making Cinderella’s life difficult
The 'Wolf'- 7 Based on our class, because he rapped her. Or if you look at it from a literal view, for eating her.
Captain Hook- 5 for being a mean pirate who fought against peter
Peter- 3 for being arrogant, stealing children, and playing games with girls
Journal Questions for the Week of November 22, 2011
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 think that he can point out his dedication to humanity in order to gain credibility. He gave up his everything to fight for humanity. He left his home at an extremely young age to train and fight for humanity. This fact adds loyalty. He can also point out that the Buggers didn’t intend to fight once they discovered that humanity was an intelligent race.

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 don’t think he was a holy man. Maybe at first he was but certainly not at the end of his life. I don’t think it was really all luck either. Forgive me if I’m a little too religious but I believe he was powered by the devil. The devil has been known in the past to empower some men.

3. From Jamie's presentation: Why do you think Disney chose to portray Hades as an evil villain to Hercules?
Honestly, I think Disney was trying to make a little more money. Hades had the potential to be evil because he was from the underworld. Society depicts the underworld as somewhat evil. Before this presentation I saw the underworld comparable to hell and hell is definitely evil.
Ender:4 for killing Buggers and being a little on the cruel side
Buggers: 4 for attacking humanity in the first place


I agree that Hades was depicted as the villain because of the modern parallel between hell and the underworld. (Even though they aren't actually the same.) - mlerussell mlerussell Nov 29, 2011

Your perspective on question three was interesting. I said Disney cast Hades in a bad light because people are afraid of death, but you made me realize they're also afraid of what comes after death. Hell. - samanthaprina samanthaprina Nov 26, 2011samanthaprina

I agree with your thoughts on why Disney chose Hades as a villain. He has all the potential of being a bad guy, especially with the flaming blue hair. They probably figured no one would ever look into the mythological origins of Hades, and boy were they right! - HeyThereAri HeyThereAri Nov 29, 2011Ari

Journal Questions for the Week of November 29, 2011--Last Journal Questions for the semester

1. The Princess Bride has multiple villains. Dicuss how each one reflects/matches a heroic character.

Tyrone: I thought he was a villain simply because he was the one who did the kings dirty work. He was in charge of killing Wesley . But he was also a villain because he killed Inigo’s father and attempted to kill Inigo(but failed epically). His heroic (sort of) character that matches him I think is Fezzik (The big giant). They both do their “master’s” dirty work. The giant worked for the Sicilian and also for Inigo.
Prince Humperdink: He was evil in general. He wanted to kill his own bride to be in order to start a war! Hello! Can you say psycho!? He was bright which added to his villainy. His heroic match I think was Westly. Both were intelligent and after a clear goal. Westly wanted Buttercup while Humperdink wanted to start a war.

2. Why does Westly adopt the outside semblance of a stereotypical villain, and does it help him to succeed?

I have no clue why he chose to act as a bad guy at first. I guess to try to make sure Buttercup still loved him. But still, I don’t think any man should ever threaten the woman that they love. He was also deceitful when he faced the Sicilian. Not such a great characteristic. However I guess the only way it benefitted him was when he tried to make Buttercup loved him. Otherwise it was his heroic characteristics that benefitted him. His bravery got them through the fire swamp. His true love won him Buttercup. His intelligence outsmarted Humperdink

Villain-O-Meter
Humperdink: 7 because he wanted to kill Buttercup to start a war and wanted to torture Westly.
Tyrone: 9 Because he actually did the dirty work: killing Inigo’s father, torturing Westly, attempting to kill Inigo.
The Sicillian: 4 for just being an evil character, for stealing Buttercup.
Westly: 2 For being deceitful
Buttercup: 1 For being just not helpful. I mean really, when they were in the fire swamp and the giant rats attacked would you just stand there and let your true love fight it off? I would personally try to kick the rodents butt myself.
Lectures
September 2011(I think??? I forgot the date.)
I attended a lovely play titled Lady Windermere’s Fan that was directed by our wonderful teacher Jonatha Kottler. I love plays so when I heard we could watch this play I was ecstatic. I had gotten lost and thought I was going to miss the play!!! I was able to speak with the man sitting next to me who said he’d already seen the play once and loved it. It was filled with romance, secrecy and suspense. The main character fears that her beloved husband is cheating on her. She has every reason to. Town speculation, her husband’s secrecy, and his lavish expenses lead her to believe this. What he really was doing though surprises the audience. (I don’t want to spoil the plot because I think everyone should go see some version of this play.) I found it interesting how they portrayed men in the play. Her husband was cruel but loving and strict but kind. However I still found him to be the greatest villain even though he technically did nothing wrong.
November 3, 2011
I attended a lecture on science fiction novels. I found this lecture through our teacher at the beginning of the year. It was held in the main room in the Honors building. The woman who spoke was Suzy McKee Charnas. She is a published writer who has had 14 novels published. She writes for young adults and horror fanatics. This lecture was held for another honors class. They were studying published writers and amateur writers. She spoke on the difference between the two and also the struggle of some published writers. I found it interesting how writers aren’t just simply writers; they need to have another job in order to survive. She then went on to discuss her novels. It was really cool because she had a book of hers that was published in Greek. She talked about teen readers and why she loved writing for them. She stated she loved how hungry these readers are and that that made it interesting to write for them.
November 19, 2011
I went to a play titled Vessels. The reasons I went were because my friend Stephen was in the play and I needed a lecture. I had never heard of this play and therefore was very….surprised when I saw it. This play depicted society today and the cruelties of the world. One of the main characters was an easily tempered man whose wife was about to have a baby. The first thing that shocked me was them having sex on stage. They had used a stuffed doll which made the whole audience awkward. It made some people so uncomfortable that they left before the first act. The amount of violence displayed in the second act was intense. The husband beat his pregnant wife and raped his sister-in-law. Also the final scene had the sister-in-law brutally kill every other character. Overall the feeling I felt was uneasiness. It was hard to define the villain because each character was a villain though I felt for the sister-in-law a little. She had just lost everything and then was raped. I don’t justify her murdering everyone but I do feel sympathy.