“The “anti-hero” (also known as the flawed hero) is a common character archetype for the antagonist that has been around since the comedies and tragedies of Greek theater” (Michael). The author believes that “anti-heros” exist and within our culture today we have heroes that are know as “anti-heros”. The author said “At different points in history, the culture-at-large has preferred stories featuring anti-heroes over those with traditional heroes, and vice versa” (Michael). Over time the way we view heros has changed between the two types of heroes. Michaels thoughts might be summed up as: “Characters who shine as morally pure and upright don’t ring true to us anymore, because it’s not who we see around us in the world” (Michael).
The Oxford Dictionary defines a villain as a “person or thing responsible for specified problems, harm, or damage.” By the end of section two of “American Born Chinese,” the Monkey King has become a villain in such a way that his new priority has become to convince other Gods that he is preeminent. The Monkey King chooses to go about this by any means necessary, including bullying other Gods until they capitulate. For example, in the beginning of the story, the narrator talks about how “the Monkey King rulers with a firm but gentle hand” (10). However, by section two we see images of the Monkey King beating others and seeking for any tactic he can muster to rule over everyone (66).
Ultimately, there are heroes around the world we just have to search harder to find them in today’s corrupt society. I think that Garrett appeals to his audience because he uses many famous TV shows and movies to support his statement describing his idea about anti-heroes. This essay’s conclusion does make sense to me because he is saying we see corruption and confusion everyday by famous people in the media. Additionally, he says that there are no more heroes only anti-heroes because this is the way of the world
The Joker’s actions are chaotic and exhibit what today’s modern culture finds unethical, such as murder, damaging property, and having no ties to family or the community. He shows no feeling of liability to others, lacks empathy, and follows his own whims despite its repercussions on others. These behaviors demonstrate the greed and selfishness that are a motivating part of the trickster character and the views a culture has on them. Overall hero and trickster archetypes portray the different values, and ethics cultures have, and share with others.
A Man That Was Our President, A Villain?! A villain usually wears masks and wants to destroy the world, but that’s not the case this time. This time we are talking about a man who rides a horse and just happened to be the president of the United States. A man that bribed people to help him become president.
The strongest villain we have encountered in literature thus far is Arnold Friend. Premiering in Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where are you going, where have you been,” Arnold Friend is inspired by a true story. In 1960, there was a man that preyed on young girls in Arizona, later called the “Pied Piper of Tucson.” Although this man wore obviously fake makeup and clothes, he befriended the young teenage girls with his charm and sweet talk. Similar to the real man, Arnold Friend is a character that talks his way out of every question he is asked by everyone. Arnold Friend is a man of deception, hiding behind his disguise as a teenage boy, whose charisma allows him to get what he wants.
It’s evident that humanity has achieved seemingly impossible feats through technology and inventions; yet, it’s equally clear that technology can be a mindless distraction from unavoidable life issues that individuals try to escape. Though technology was intended for good, something people can benefit from, it’s become a quick escape for people so that they may easily sit and drool before a colored screen instead of applying themselves to something meaningful. Television and social media has hindered humanity because of its uselessness. It is an unnecessary addition to people’s daily routine that ultimately allows people to pretend to be involved in society, but in reality it creates a means to evade responsibility and endeavors.
A villain is someone who causes evil to others and is denounced by many people for their actions. The Punisher’s methods of Justice are constantly criticized because he is not the typical superhero: he does not aid the police by capturing the villain, but instead kills them. By killing criminals, one could say that he is a villain because he kills making him the monster that he does not want to be. So why even bother “helping” if he adds to the problem? One may also argue that in making the decision that the antagonists are villains, and they deserve to die, he has made the ultimate decision of life or death.
Chris Hedge’s article, “Our Country Is Lost Believing in What It Sees on Screens, and We Are Going to Pay a Nasty Price for It,” highlights the negative influence electronic media has on society. The author provides a realistic insight into the negative effects of electronic media. Hedges states, “It is the electronic image that informs and defines us. It is the image that gives us our identity. It is the image that tells us what is attainable in the vast cult of the self, what we should desire, what we should seek to become and who we are” (Hedges, 4).
When people's ideas of a heroic act differ from others, people can be seen as a villain while they are looking to become just the opposite. This is revealed in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet where the titular character Hamlet murders Laertes, Polonius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and when he doesn’t murder Claudius while he is
Neil Postman Rhetorical Analysis Inventions are changing before our eyes and the world does not seem to question what new technology reveals and what its consequences will be. In the future of technology, there are many individuals who see technology as either a sanction or a burden. Many individuals cannot seem to imagine a world with no technology, however, there are many others who argue that humans are becoming too dependent on technology instead of their own observances and cognition. Technology continues to develop and has become affected people’s everyday life. This issue is addressed by an American Critic and an educator by the name Neil Postman.
"¬†¬†In our World, threats to our Country are common and are becoming frequent. Issues like bullying, extremism, terrorism, and even the illegal production and distribution of drugs threaten all parts of the world more than ever. Not to mention, our increasing dependence on technology for business transactions, work, school, and storage of information has opened up a medium to effectuate these actions. The use of the internet no doubt is beneficial but like anything else, it can, and has been put to ill use. Controversy has been stirred up concerning the monitoring of internet content by the government.
In only a couple of decades, technology has imbedded itself into people’s lives, to the point it would be difficult to live without using technology. In Neil Postman’s speech “Informing Ourselves to Death,” he explains how not all technology is being used for what its original purpose was, and how people are starting to drown in the useless information technology gives. Postman also makes the claim, “And therefore, in a sense, we are more naïve than those in the Middle Ages, and more frightened, for we can be made to believe almost anything” (5). Though Postman gave this speech about thirty years ago, this accurately describes modern society. Technology was meant to help people learn and improve their lives, but it has instead increased the naivety of the world.