Archive for March, 2010

Examples of questionable good and evil

March 14, 2010

Greek Mythology

In Greek mythology, Zeus, the ruler of the Gods, is seen as a protector of the weak with good morals like justice and mercy. Hades, the ruler of the underworld, is seen as greedy and merciless. Neither of the two are considered actually good or evil, however, and they both possess good and bad traits, for example Zeus is known for his long list of affairs.

Wars

In wars, whoever wins is considered the good guy. For example, in WW2, the “Allies” won and the losers became known as the “Axis of Evil”. The “good guys” always win- is this just luck or coincidence, or is it because the winners survive to write the history books and they will always write themselves in good light? If the Nazis won the war, what would have happened to the fact that millions of Jews were killed? Would it be completely wiped from history or would the general public come to accept it as the “right” thing to do?

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Darksiders

March 13, 2010

The PS3 and Xbox360 game, Darksiders, is an apocalyptic video game in which mankind has been wiped out by a battle between heaven and hell and the neutral party, War of the Four Horsemen, must find out why this apocalypse happened before it was meant to.

God vs. Satan in film and TV and some colour theory

March 13, 2010

The movie, Constantine, deals with a battle between heaven and hell where God and Satan have made a wager for the souls of mankind.

The movie, Hercules, involves a battle between the “good” Gods in Olympus and the “evil” God, Hades, in the underworld, with humans in the crossfire.

TV series, God the Devil and Bob, is an animated comedy where God is considering putting an end to humanity but has allowed Satan to choose one human to try to prove humanity is worth saving.

Black vs White (sourced from http://arnswritingservices.com/sampleska/aworldofcolor.pdf)

White, often used to lighten other colors, is the most controversial in terms of symbolism. Meanings vary widely, to the point of being opposites. White is associated with love, purity, innocence and goodness. We think of white as being both safe and clean. Hospitals and doctors come to mind. However, in some cultures it represents death. A white flag means a truce, while a white mask in China signifies fright. It can be used to symbolize a new beginning. We know snow is white and therefore associate the color with coolness. It also elicits a feeling of simplicity. Some consider it the color of perfection. Consider the relationship between black and white, often used to describe opposing ideas. We think of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, future vs. past, night vs. day, success vs. failure and beginning vs. ending.
Black alone is associated with death, mourning, evil and the night. Black calls to mind a sense of mystery, intrigue and the unknown. It is worn by graduating students, widows and clergy. It also denotes strength, power and authority. Black is associated with elegance and formality – a black tie
event or a little black dress. Black makes other colors stand out, and is considered a slimming color when worn in clothing.

LOST snippet

March 12, 2010

This is a snippet from the television series, LOST, which illustrates my theme quite nicely. The distinction between good and evil is not clear but is perhaps suggested by the colours that they are wearing, playing on our interpretation of colour theory. The passive aggressive conversation is also something I am interested in as it relates to my original idea.

Introduction/Topic

March 11, 2010

For my Major Project I am going to be looking into the themes of Good vs Evil, Dark vs Light and God vs Satan. I am interested in how good and evil interact, how they are portrayed, recognised or not recognised and in who decides what is good or evil.

My original idea was to illustrate a graphic novel but I had skipped a vital stage of the process to reach this idea so I have taken a step back. The idea involved two characters, God and Satan, disguised as everyday humans, sitting at a bar having an argument/debate to determine who is more powerful. They would take turns causing certain events to happen in the city setting around them such as Satan causing a building to catch fire and God causing a brave civilian to run in and save a trapped child, but it would not be immediately apparent that they are causing these events – as the narrative progresses, the reader would discover that they are causing the events and that they are God and Satan.
This idea was to explore the theme of rhetoric through the use of religious undertones and the setting of a modern city.
I may come back to this idea at a later date when more research has been undertaken to support it.