Characterism : The Characteristics Of Heroism And The Villain
Almost every story follows a similar formula, beginning with an exposition; the story shortly leads to the rising action, then promptly the climax appears, followed by an eventual wrapping up of the scene and the conclusion. As the story plays out, characters are created including a hero that we are supposed to love and admire. While on the way the hero meets new characters who provide context and clues that are important in the story. Typically, the hero is courageous, passionate, honest, confident, patient, selfless, caring, and everything that’s nice.
Of course, all stories include some form of conflict. The villain who has many of the same traits as the hero, but the villain’s traits are misdirected. As one author remarked, “The villains evil bring out the goodness of the hero, making the hero’s traits standout” (“Villain: Definition and Examples”). The hero and the villain are both needed to make a story compelling, as we cheer for one and boo for the other. It’s the classic good versus evil, light versus dark, and sweet versus sour. The hero earnestly needing to be able to conquer his fears and take on a risk for something he believes in. While the villain takes on the responsibility to persuade others in a clever way, convincing them to follow his dastardly plan. The hero often encounters failure after failure, while the villain is scheming up his next evil plan. The hero needs to grow and find new skills to overcome each failure. Meanwhile,