Bookmark This month, Greater Good features videos of a presentation by Philip Zimbardo, the world-renowned psychologist perhaps best known for his infamous Stanford Prison Experiment. In his talk, Zimbardo discusses the psychology of evil and of heroism, exploring why good people sometimes turn bad and how we can encourage more people to perform heroic acts. Read his essay on " The Banality of Heroism ," which further explores the conditions that can promote heroism vs. What makes us good?
A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast and Rose DaughterBeauty's sisters are portrayed as kind and loving instead of petty and jealous of Beauty.
They do start out as somewhat haughty people in Rose Daughter, but Exploring the theme of heroism in then quickly mellow out once they lose their wealth. In The Divine Comedythe Titan Saturn is described as "that dear king whose rule undid all evil," ignoring the myth where Saturn ate his own children and waged divine war as soon as they escaped his stomach.
The novelization of Halloween strongly suggests that Michael Myers is actually an innocent victim possessed by the ghost of a Celtic murderer named Enda. In Myth-O-Maniamostly with the help of Hades, encounters with famous monsters from Classical Mythology tend to be resolved peacefully, and many of them are friendly and misunderstood rather than evil.
The Hydra becomes one of Hercules's True Companionsand killed humans with her poisonous breath by accident rather than malice.
The Minotaur is a perfectly decent vegetarian whose human "sacrifices" are found alive and well, intended as wrestling partners instead of food, while the Calydonian Boar is a down-on-his-luck wrestler who just wants his job back. As opposed to Paradise LostGenesis portrays the Serpent as being chiefly responsible for his action and in the last book of the biblical canon, it becomes clear that the Serpent was Satan all along.
In John Milton's mind, the serpent was just a mindless animal whose body Satan possessed to carry out his plans. The serpent is just a hapless victim of the Devil's scheming, more innocent than even Adam and Eve. In Prince CaspianBacchus and the Maenads undergo this treatment.
The original Greco-Roman myths depict Bacchus as a fearsome god of alcohol and madness, and the Maenads as frenzied cultists who partake in orgies of ecstasy and gruesome violence similar to The Wild Hunt. To someone versed in Classical Mythologythis comes off like a kiddie cartoon called " Mola Ram and Friends.
Susan even comments that "I wouldn't have felt very safe with Bacchus and all his wild girls if we'd met them without Aslan.
The nuckelavee gets the full treatment, however: Transformers The Covenant Of Primus sees this happen to the Fallen, as his incarnation Transformers Aligned Universe is a far more sympathetic character than previous portrayals have had him, where he was straight-up evil from the get go.
This version is heroic and noble, if misguided, before his eventual fall and seeks to atone for his actions It's ultimately subverted as his appearances in Transformers: Robots in Disguise presents him more in line with his Dreamwave and Revenge of the Fallen incarnations.
Music In the Discworld novel Wintersmiththe Summer Lady is callous and uncaring, and it's made very clear that eternal summer would have been just as bad as eternal winter; it's just not what happened. Although the earlier "Fire and Ice" correctly portrays both the Summer Lady and the wintersmith as neither good nor evil, just balanced.
The nameless protagonist of the album is a quadriplegic who accidentally flew too close to the sun while astral projecting, burning away the umbilical that was connecting him to his body. His spirit ended up getting summoned by Rasputin's cult, where he foretold Rasputin's demise.
After his prediction came true, Rasputin's final act was to show him how to return to his own body. Myth and Legend In Greek mythology, Ares was a vicious brute, viewed primarily as a destructive and destabilizing force.
But his Roman counterpart, Mars, was seen as a more paternal figure who fought first and foremost to secure peace.
This was a trend for Roman mythology in general. Romans placed a much higher value on order than the Greeks had, and they tended to portray the gods as more rational and moral in their depictions, with The Aeneid being a classic example. It also helped that Mars and Ares had separate origins, and only later became seen as the same individual.
Mars was originally a native Latin god of agriculture, and as a war god he was seen as defender of the land.
Ares was always the spirit of bloodlust. The more positive view of Mars continued even after people decided he was also Ares. In Egyptian MythologyOsiris was an ambiguous deity in the earlier version of his myths who oversaw the weighing of the heart and lets souls enter the afterlife if they pass the test.
After he was killed by Set and resurrected by Isis and Anubis, he became the good king of Egypt during the end of the Osirian cycle. Theatre Agatha Christie's theatrical adaption of her novel And Then There Were None has two of the ten characters innocent of the crimes of which they were accused, survive, and fall in love.
Most film adaptations use this revised ending, although for adaptations where Lombard is replaced by Charles Morley, this trope only applies to Vera, as Lombard was still guilty and committed suicide before the start of the story.
Quite a few characters in Wickeddue to the musical's Lighter and Softer nature compared to the book.Welcome to the Theoi Project, a site exploring Greek mythology and the gods in classical literature and art.
The aim of the project is to provide a comprehensive, free reference guide to the gods (theoi), spirits (daimones), fabulous creatures (theres) and heroes of ancient Greek mythology and religion.
The Adaptational Heroism trope as used in popular culture. The flip side to Adaptational Villainy. While some adaptations make a character more evil, this is . Horoscope and natal chart of Harrison Ford, born on /07/ you will find in this page an excerpt of the astrological portrait and the interpration of the planetary dominants.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (), American author wrote the Gothic Romance The Scarlet Letter (); In a moment, however, wisely judging that one token of her shame would but poorly serve to hide another, she took the baby on her arm, and with a burning blush, and yet a haughty smile, and a glance that would not be abashed, looked around at her townspeople and neighbours.
Horoscope and natal chart of Salma Hayek, born on /09/ you will find in this page an excerpt of the astrological portrait and the interpration of the planetary dominants.
What Makes a Hero? We all have an inner hero, argues Philip Zimbardo. Here's how to find it. For the last five years, my colleagues and I have been exploring the nature and roots of heroism, studying exemplary cases of heroism and surveying thousands of people about their choices to act (or not act) heroically.
In that time, we’ve come to.