Kmeyerhoff Blog 8

The good guy versus bad guy line is often blurred.  People, especially anti and folk heroes, are technically “bad guys” in some way because most of them are living outside of law.  People that live outside of the law are taking part in illegal activities.  Even though illegal activities are bad, I do think that some of these anti and folk heroes are good guys.  They want to help others even though they’re putting their own lives at risk.

I think that William Wallace is neither a terrorist nor a hero.  I don’t think he’s a hero because I feel that his actions were done for selfish reasons rather than for the greater good.  Although winning would create a better world for Scotland, Wallace’s main goal is revenge.  I also think that he knowingly puts men in danger and disregards their safety.  He is well aware that the English have a well-equipped army, and the Scottish is definitely not as prepared.

I find Wallace and V to be very different.  Although they do seem to share some similarities, their motivations are in fact different.  Both Wallace and V wanted to overthrow an oppressive government, but for different reasons.  Wallace wanted his own revenge and was angry about what happened to him.  V wanted to help his country so that other people wouldn’t have to continue living in oppression and face the horrors that he did.  That’s the main difference between these two, making V an anti-hero.  V wanted the greater good out of what he was doing, not just revenge.

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  1. Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    You make an interesting point that Wallace is too selfish to be a hero. I agree that V wanted greater good for mankind more so than Wallace.

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  2. Posted January 15, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    I agree with your comparison of William Wallace and V. Wallace clearly is motivated by the death of his father and wife, while V’s motivation initially stems from the death of the woman who occupied the cell next to him.

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