jkaufman6 Blog Post 8

In modern day literature, terrorism and justice have two very distinct differences. Terrorism can be defined as the use of terror or fear while justice can be defined as an action of fairness or equality. However, there seems to be a gray area in this aspect when examining heroes. Specifically anti-folk hero’s present a conflicting good vs. evil character, where the good character can have traits that appear to be bad and vice versa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For example in the book To Kill A Mockingbird, the main character Atticus Finch is portrayed in many different ways. He is a lawyer in Alabama who is well respected for his professional reputation. As the novel goes on he defends Tom Robinson, an African American, who is charged with raping a white girl. This goes against the values and everyday norms of Maycomb County, putting him in an extremely difficult position. To the reader Atticus exhibits the role of a classic folk hero who is standing up for what he believes in. This role requires him to fight a battle against the culture norms of Maycomb, which is almost an impossible one to win. While his character demonstrates passion and true heroism, he is seen as evil in the eyes of his society. Defending an African American is considered a crime to many people during this time, along with a feeling of betrayal to his race. Atticus who is so well respected before this case puts his family and job in serious jeopardy in his quest for change. To the outside viewer Maycomb is filled with hate and terrorism against African Americans while the citizens of Maycomb view the everyday punishment of African Americans as punishment. This wide spectrum of terrorism vs. justice and good vs. evil, is the reason a folk hero presents such conflicting lines between the two. With this said I think the author does a great job of allowing Atticus’s character to shine. People feel for the injustice that exists in Maycomb, and want clear justice for Tom Robinson and the values Atticus Finch believes in.

Another great example is William Wallace from Braveheart and V from V for Vendetta. Both this character where ruthless killers that were terrorists in the eyes of many. They committed harsh acts against other human beings that could classify them as evil. However, they committed these actions in the fight for change. William Wallace fought for Scotland’s freedom and independence while V fought against a corrupt and abusive totalitarian government. Both these men sparked a rebellion that will allow their legacy to live on forever.

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  1. Posted January 15, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    I think this is a very interesting post.I like how you make the comparisons between Atticus Finch, Braveheart, and v for vendetta

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