This Is Not The End! (Reflection)

I have learned through the capstone process that I tend to learn more from videos where I can hear them speaking about the subject and therefore teaching me what is happening. I learned that when reading I tend to get unfocused and that I have to read it multiple times. I also found out that once I learn something, I should probably write it down; otherwise I’ll forget it and that would be quite troubling. I have gained the knowledge of the workings behind the brain, I know now that procrastination is not very good and that I’m a slow worker, usually because I like to make things perfect and when I rush I make a lot of mistakes. So I will use this information for when I am working on bigger projects next year for school and for college and even in whatever working field I go into. Through the capstone I learned a lot about myself. I learned that I love villains, though to be honest I think I already knew that. I love that the villains can be themselves even when the whole world is against them. I learned that I tend to daydream about things I want to do and then I just never do them, which to be honest is very disappointing. In an overall reflection of my capstone project, I really want to progress in this research and not just stop because of the school year being done.

Tom Riddle

Now most of you know Tom Marvolo Riddle as Lord Voldemort, but today the topic is not how evil Lord Voldemort was towards the end, but how the circumstances little Tom Riddle had to deal with. A lot of people know the general history of Tom, but if you were like me and kind of yawned your way through watching Harry Potter the first time through, (Hey, I didn’t know I’d someday swoon at the words Harry Potter!) then just like me originally you probably only know that Tom is a half-blood whose mother was a witch and was descended from Slytherin’s blood. That his mother was love-crazed for a muggle man who didn’t harbor any of the same feelings and had to use a love potion to marry him. And finally that Tom kills his own father because Tom Sr. had abandoned him and didn’t bother to pull him out of the rotten orphanage. When Tom was a little boy he discovered that he wasn’t ‘normal’, he could move things with his mind and manipulate animals and creatures as he wished, speak Parseltongue, and use his power to inflict harm on other orphans. He got into a lot of fights because of these abnormal talents and because of these fights he grew bitter towards the other orphans that lived with him. It’s speculated that Tom liked the idea of being different, and I agree. Tom grew up with orphans who hated him because of his abnormalities, so really why would he want to fit in with the ‘normal’ people? Now I’m not saying the Tom is innocent and should be called anything but a villain, because we all know that he is, but what I am trying to point out is how he could have turned out differently if things had taken a different turn. Had Tom tried to fit in and lay low, would he turn out to be a great wizard for other reasons? See, some people are born into circumstances, while others are driven to villainy. Could Tom have the perfect mixture of both to turn him into the Britain’s most feared Wizard, Lord Voldemort? 


One reason I really wished that I didn’t start this project until next fall, because next fall a new series produced from FOX is going to show the lives of young villains and heroes of Gotham; hence why the title of this new series is going to be called Gotham. So far from the one trailer I have seen and an analysis of the same trailer by some other youtuber, I can say that this show will be epic! Not just because we get to see some background on the villains but because we get to see how they interact before they were enemies! This show seems to look as though it is going to mainly focus on young Bruce Wayne getting to know the “to-be villains” and how he may or may not befriend him. The reason that this would be so perfect for my own blog is because we can get a closer look into the background of both villain and hero. In the end though, we have to focus on whether or not this show will either focus on the tragedies or portray them in a darker shade and really give them no excuse for why they become who we know them as.


I have found that when a person sticks to their morals, they tend to lead a better life. Usually when someone firmly believes in what they do, they don’t worry about whether or not what they’re doing is the right thing and they don’t have guilt coursing through them. When you are raised, you are either unknowingly or knowingly being given a set of morals from your parents, guardians, friends, family, or culture. These morals are then edited by yourself and you begin to have a picture of what is right and wrong. When someone goes against these morals they have gone by, they can feel guilty and also become bitter and hardened against these situations; once they are hardened and used to the feeling of being guilty to the point it’s normal, they will repeat the previous actions to cause the guilt in the first place. These actions can range from drinking all the way to the sinister deeds we see in crime shows. This is how average people can be deemed a criminal/villain not just to the public, but to themselves as well.

What Makes People Go Wrong? (Part Two)

Right in the beginning of the Ted Talk, Philip Zimbardo talks about how there really is no fixed line between good and evil; that there is always good and evil in all of us. The line between good and evil is permeable, good people can be swayed and seduced across the line and bad people can be pushed and counselled into doing the right things. Most people like to believe that the line begins with them on the good side and everyone else on the other side. This is the last point that I’d like to talk about. In my proposal I stated that in the end it all relies on perspective to decide who is evil and who is not, so why is it that these heroes are put into a good light; when in the end the word hero is just a title placed on them.  Most people believe they are doing the right thing, sometimes they know what they’re doing is not really what they would like to do, but they still push through and do it. My favorite lesson I learned from Mr. Zimbardo is that heroes aren’t usually in capes and have superpower, and that villains aren’t always stronger than the average person; but that we all have the potential to be a hero and there will be a time when we have a situation that will provide us with a choice. This situation has the power to do three things:

  • The very same situation that can inflame the Hostile Imagination in those who become perpetrators of evil.
  • Can also inspire the Heroic Imagination in others of us.
  • Or render most people passive bystanders and then be guilty of The Evil of Inaction.

So really in the end the right situation and perspective is also a part of what makes us into who we become.

The Freudian Excuse

When a villain’s is given depth, this is called Freudian Excuse. As mentioned in my proposal, the superego is what generally controls where the morals someone has gained is placed and how they are used. The Freudian Excuse is the work of Sigmund Freud, he was known for a lot of the psychoanalysis research we stem off of now. Freud discovered in a certain part of his research that there are three different sections that play a part in how we view things. The three that he found are Id, ego and superego. What he found is that the superego is the ‘moral component of the psyche’, which takes plays into ‘special circumstances’ when the morally right thing may not be right for a given situation. This combined with Id, and ego can cause denial repression, undoing, rationalization, repression, and displacement. The superego is the moral part of us that develops when the morals and ethical restraints put onto us by our parents/guardians. The superego is used when a villain’s background is traumatic. When the Freudian Excuse is put into play the villains become excused.Image