Answer this week's questions on your Personal Page. Responses are due by 5:00 on Thursday afternoons. Then, before the next class, comment on two other student's pages. Remember to sign your name after your comments by typing 4 ~ characters ("~ ~ ~ ~" without the spaces) and then clicking save. When typing responses, it's usually best to use a word processor, save, and then copy your work in--that way you don't lose information!

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.

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

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?

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?

3. From Jamie's presentation: Why do you think Disney chose to portray Hades as an evil villain to Hercules?

Journal Questions for the Week of November 15, 2011

No questions this week.

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.

2. From Sam's presentation: Was Snape mostly a villain? Why or why not?

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

Journal Questions for the Week of November 1, 2011

1. "[M]ost of us never really grow up or mature all that much -- we simply grow taller...the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales [remains]."-Leo Rosten
We began the semester looking at a children's work. What new insight can you bring to the child-centered works we'll be looking at the for rest of the semester? What can be gained by this exploration?

2. From Angelica's presentation: (H. H. Holmes) Why are people so fascinated by things that are so gruesome and morbid?

3. From Stephanie's presentation: Many times people blame their actions on demons--why is this an excuse that people use?

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?

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

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?

4. Make sure to get the readings for this week from the Wiki Texts section.

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?

2. From Jaclyn's presentation: Are privateers less admirable than pirates because they had permission to be "bad?"

3. From Daniel's presentation: Do Eddie Brock (Venom) and Cletus Cassidy (Carnage) share the same levels of responsibility for their actions?

4. Remember the new due date for Paper 2.

5. Make sure to get peer advisement in order to be able to have priority registration.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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?

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?

Journal Questions for the Week of September 27, 2011

1. How do female villains differ from male villains?

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

Journal Questions for the Week of September 20, 2011

1. In Medea, there are several characters who know of Medea's plans, and yet they do not try to stop her. Why do these characters let villainy happen? Do the gods approve of her choices? What are the implications of their approval or disapproval?

2. 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?

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

4. Keep updating your villan-o-meter!

5. Feel free to ask me questions about the paper (just not late Monday night!)

Journal Questions for the Week of September 13, 2011

1. Why do you think that Dexter is a series that enjoys popularity in our particular moment in history? Could it have been popular at another time? Why or why not?

2. What parallels can you draw between Dexter, Dr. Jekyll, Batman and Superman? Go beyond the surface. How are they different from characters like Beowulf?

3. From Miles's presentation: Why is the character of Dracula/the drinking of blood considered sexual?

4. From Hunter's presentation: Why did Jack the Ripper get away with his crimes when the media coverage/police investigation so great?

Journal Questions for the Week of September 5, 2011

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?

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.

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?

Journal Questions for the Week of August 30, 2011

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

2. This is your last weekend to see Lady WIndermere's Fan as an outside lecture/extra credit combo. Info here:

Adobe Theater

3. Make sure that you have your final presentation topic chosen by next week, and that you fill it in on my list.

4. Enjoy your long weekend...
just in case you don't know why we celebrate Labor Day, here is a short video explaining its origins.

Journal Questions for the Week of August 23, 2011

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

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