Heroes & Villains

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Heroes & Villains

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When you watch a movie or you read a novel, it becomes almost automatic to place the characters into groups. The trouble, of course, is that such labels can be misleading, being quite subjective and variable.

When you use the term hero or villain, it is important to remember how vague the lines between the two are. You should take into consideration what the creator of the character had in mind, what circumstances affected this person’s action. The quote:”A villain is just a victim who’s story hasn’t been told” explains it all. It has the same concept of not judging a book by it’s cover. 

What makes a person a hero or villain? It is wrong to discard those labeled as villains as mere evil for the hero to defeat. We must stop and think – who are they really, and what made them what they are? Do they deserve to be destroyed, or are they just misunderstood? Every society is rife with rules, prejudices, and beliefs that deeply infiltrate its members.There is this audience predisposition where the villains do not get a happy ending…

And the heroes? Only in fairy tales  can there be the existence of people that are perfect and that for their whole life they have been nice to everyone. In “our” world there is no such thing, but there are certainly people who have done good things to help the world.

Therefore we must not forget that heroes and villains are also in our world. There are people like Gandhi that many consider as a hero and then there are people like Stalin that many consider a villain. Though being a part of our world, and not in some sort of fairytale enchanted forest, the happy endings are not always what is written in books.

To conclude this reflection on heroes and villains, we can say that no one can be fully a hero or fully a villain. There are different variations of people that might have shades of a darker or lighter side. It all depends on the history of an individual or whether he has had the strength to change towards a better side.