Essay Prompt: If you were offered the role of the villain or the hero in a movie, which role would you accept and why?
Thank you for any advice you can provide!
I am faced with a choice, hero or villain? These two words, presenting themselves as titles for separate scripts, are glaring at me, awaiting my choice. With indecision riddling my thoughts, I choose to focus on the aspects of each character's life hoping it will provide some clarity. The villain enters my mind, and I start to visualize his personality and intellectual wealth: beguilingly calculating, independent of society, and happily different. Next, the hero's life flashes into mind, and I see the epitome of society's standards: obsequious to rules and standards and concerned only for each passing moment. I realize that my personality is starkly different from the hero's, so I toss his script aside and start saturating my thoughts with the villain's lines.
After hours of studying my script, I have learned many things about this villain: who he is, what his goals are, and why he strives to achieve these goals. The attainment of this knowledge has showed me that he and I have homologous thought patterns and personalities. We do not have the desire to make decisions based on feelings and emotions. The factors that affect our decisions lie within the facts pertaining to the present situation, and only until every fact is considered can we make a logical decision. The villain and I, unlike many others, are not satisfied with following the common social constructs provided by society. We have inquisitive minds that strive to mold their own models of success, so if acquiring this level of success requires the expense of society's approval or a thriving social life then we will readily discard them.
The script is starting to show signs of wear due to my constant turning of the pages, but its deteriorating state has reminded me of another similarity between the villain and me, pessimism. As I look at the script's condition, I can see that it will never return to its previously pristine state, however, an optimist would attempt to erase the imperfections thereby wasting time and energy. The pessimism the villain and I express is the kind that perceives the truth about an object or situation. Consequently, we can fabricate a strategy to improve what dismal outcome we might be faced with.
My examination of this character has finished when a question reveals itself to me: why did I choose the villain? Originally, I believed the villain's likeness to me was what encouraged my decision, however, the true reason behind this choice seems to lie within me at a personal, metaphysical level. The hero's goals require the public's reverence therefore he is bound to its will and ideals, but the villain can choose between conformity and independence without needing to worry about the judgements of others. The freedom to pursue my own ideologies without the constraint of society's critiques is why I chose the villain. I believe that hindering the freedom of thought and expression will leave the people of society vulnerable to their own destruction.