Descriptive Formal, Pictorial And Historic Individuals Into Pigeonholes

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It is enticing to categorize formal, pictorial and historic individuals into pigeonholes. The issue, of course, is that such descriptions can be deceptive at best, and highly skewed or fluctuating at worst. When utilizing such key words as villain, anti-villain, hero, anti-hero or even adventurer, it is imperative that one not forget how blurred and flexible the lines really are, and to ask why a certain description is or should be fixed on any particular individual. It is not enough to merely categorize an individual or character. One must take into account what the inventor of such a character had planned, what conditions could affect an individual’s actions, what societal or cultural background this individual hales from, what their principles or motives may be, and finally, how our own beliefs, biases, and interactions may influence our views. What in fact, classifies someone as a villain or a hero? How much of this comes from an inner predilection, from respective fate, from simple comprehension? Is one required to become a villain or hero on the bases of their essence, or are they crafted overtime with an endgame that could easily have gone one way or the other? How much of said process is willing, and how many of these individuals wholly contribute or even care how they will be viewed by the public? One of the most severe destinies that can be given to a figure in history is misconstruction through both literary and historic sources, especially if these sources…

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