Some Thoughts on Numenor, the Valar, Dunedain and Morgoth

Valinor is what it is – deathless, holy, preserving various species that are extinct elsewhere, etc. – due to the presence of the Valar and not of it’s own nature by right. We know that Melkor dissipated a great deal of his power by sinking it into Middle-earth in order to contaminate and control as much of the land as he could. … More Some Thoughts on Numenor, the Valar, Dunedain and Morgoth

Bucky Barnes: The Commodity, The Emasculated, The Subaltern

The critically acclaimed movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, offers a new look at the character of Bucky Barnes and his more antagonistic alias, the Winter Soldier. The hegemony depicts Barnes and his alias to be the main villain working against the patriotic hero and his gang of superheroes in the film however, this is not true. In fact through the lens of Marxism, feminism, and postcolonial theory, it can be said that Bucky Barnes as the Winter Soldier is the victim rather than the villain due to his commodification, emasculation, and colonized self at the hands of Hydra, thus causing him to become a subaltern figure throughout the film. … More Bucky Barnes: The Commodity, The Emasculated, The Subaltern

How our romanticisation of Rey and Kylo has changed Reylo, Why I Love Kylo Ren, (It’s not what you’re thinking.) And Character Archetypes.

I think we can all agree that when a fandom starts up on Tumblr, we tend to turn characters we love and adore into caricatures of the original. I don’t mean this as an insult. You see this all the time, and it isn’t a bad thing. We tend to turn the fandom represented form of those characters into exaggerated romanticised versions, and forget what the originals are really like until we experience the piece of media again. You may think I’m talking about comics, fan art, and fan fiction, and partly I am, but I’m also talking about the fandom wide consensus of a character’s personality. … More How our romanticisation of Rey and Kylo has changed Reylo, Why I Love Kylo Ren, (It’s not what you’re thinking.) And Character Archetypes.

The Hero, The Villain and the Modern Fairytale

When most people think of fairytales they will immediately conjure up the image of one of a hundred famous Disney films. Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, take your pick. Perhaps you are among the camp who views these ancient stories as cautionary tales from the long-distant past. Disney came along, plucked them from old storybooks and chapbooks and plastered family-friendly versions all over the big-screen.

I’ll tell you right now that neither of these interpretations is entirely correct. Yes, fairytales — and indeed, all children’s literature — originated in cautionary tales, but they have evolved over the centuries as much as any form of technology. Fairytales of old are no longer comparable to their 20th century counterparts. Today’s society is dominated by a love of entertainment in its many forms, and no genre is adored by more by both children and adults alike than the modern fairytale. … More The Hero, The Villain and the Modern Fairytale

POETIC TRAGEDY IN THE WINTER SOLDIER

In Poetics, Aristotle describes the forms of tragic poetry, and what makes for the most compelling characters and stories. Tragedy, he says, takes four forms – complex, suffering, character and spectacle. Combined, these create the best kind of story. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) can be considered a tragedy of all four kinds. As a narrative it also follows Aristotle’s specifications for proper organization and subject. Following the tragic character of Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, the film evokes the “pity and fear” that are the core of good tragedy. … More POETIC TRAGEDY IN THE WINTER SOLDIER

Can the Joker Be a Psychopath and Have Antisocial Personality Disorder?

In a brief review in Creative Loafing, I discussed whether the Joker was antisocial—whether he had antisocial personality disorder. The answer was “yes.” In a previous blog entry, I discussed whether he was a psychopath. The answer was “yes.” Are the two terms the same? No. What the difference between the two, and can he be both a psychopath and antisocial? … More Can the Joker Be a Psychopath and Have Antisocial Personality Disorder?

An Apple Cleft in Two: Batman and Joker as Shadows of the Self in “Death of the Family”

And of all the obsession and dichotomy to be found among the rogues of the Dark Knight, none so perfectly complements his moral resilience like the Joker, with his colorful appearance and unpredictable nature contrasted against the grim, calculating detective. Joker is also the only villain who has been with Batman since his very first issue, spanning seventy-five years of publication history alongside the Caped Crusader[1]. This complementation between the two characters, as well as their mutually tied history to one another, indicates that they are fundamentally linked, entwined together as two extreme sides of human nature. … More An Apple Cleft in Two: Batman and Joker as Shadows of the Self in “Death of the Family”

Ariel and her Aspirations

Ariel isn’t planning to force him to love her nor is she naively presuming they are meant to be together and he has to reciprocate her feelings because she saved his life. In fact, her initial ambitions have not been altered one bit – she wants to LIVE where he is (on land, “where the people are”) and she wants to STAY beside him so she could get to know him. Ariel says no word about eternal love or even romantic involvement of any kind, she’s not making plans for the future that would revolve exclusively around Eric. … More Ariel and her Aspirations

Steve Rogers, Depression, And Suicidal Tendencies

The basic problem I have is the assertion that Steve Rogers cannot possibly be suicidal, and that his act of laying down his shield at the end of the helicarrier fight is an act of hope and that his trauma muddied up the waters, transforming happiness into a question rather than something that lives within him. Which just? No? There are so many problems with that, even aside from the wording which, probably unintentionally, trivializes the trauma he’s been through. … More Steve Rogers, Depression, And Suicidal Tendencies