Have you ever wondered the real motives of the bad guys in stories? of the monsters? Why are they so angry? Are they even angry at all, or do the just appear angry in accordance to out societal norms?
In one of my classes we just finished studying Oedipus, a tragic play written by Greek philosopher Sophocles.About 400 years after the play was written, Aristotle looked back at it and said, “Wow. That is the best tragedy of all time.” Why? Because in the story of Oedipus, everyone is a good guy and has morally strong motives. Even Creon, who is sometimes misconceived as a bad guy because he at the end exiles Oedipus and is some time perceived as his dramatic foil, and ultimately a bad guy. Oedipus can be perceived as pig-headed and arrogant, but when put into the perspective of the time, his attitude was ideal for a king.
It all depends of the perspective.
While reading Bram Stroker’s Dracula, we learn of the monster from it seems everyone’s perspective — but not the actual Count himself? Who is to say his motives were not purely justified in accordance to his set of morals? He NEEDS blood for his survival. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, food and water is the basics of all needs. We must successfully fulfill these needs before we can think about building relationships with others or fulfilling personal goals and aspirations. So what is to say that Dracula’s “evil” deeds were not just sparked by a priminal need and therefore justified?
Everybody has got to eat something at some point or another… Dracula just did it with some style….