Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Villains to Know

Knowing the villains of literature is part of a sound preparation for survival. Those memories provide an internal alarm which can sound an alert if we encounter such characters in real life. A few to keep in mind:
  • Iago from Othello
  • Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair
  • Lady Macbeth and Macbeth from Macbeth
  • Uriah Heep from David Copperfield
  • Blue Duck from Lonesome Dove
  • Bill Sykes from Oliver Twist
  • Mr. Kurtz from Heart of Darkness
  • Madame DeFarge from A Tale of Two Cities
  • Long John Silver from Treasure Island
  • Napoleon from Animal Farm
  • Richard III from Richard III
  • Alfred Jingle from The Pickwick Papers
As the above list indicates, Shakespeare and Dickens knew their villains.

Are there any you'd like to add?


At 5:19 AM, Blogger Daniel Richwine said...

Speaking of Shakespeare, I think Crasius is a wonderful character. Kind of like Iago, he warps the good in Brutus for his own purposes and petty hurts, initiating all of the horror and action to come.

At 9:08 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...


You're right. I should have included Cassius. He's such a weasel.



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