Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Lol late. Have a freewrite!
I'm really fascinated with the fact that the main enemy our heroes have to balled are inhuman (ie: orcs). It's kind of a weird decision, since it certainly pulls away any potential shades of grey the battles could have. It's easy to fight against things that arent human, because you don't have to worry about things like motivation and morality. The orcs do these things because they are evil and that's all there really is to it. I think that's why the characters are so willing to fight the hopeless fight: it's easy to do the right thing when there's no moral ambiguity. They're right, the orcs are wrong, and that's all there is to it. I postulate that it would be more difficult for people to sacrifice themselves if there was more question about who was in the right. Simply because the cast of LOTR desperately wants to do the right thing. They make these sacrifices and have such "hopeless courage" because tehy know that in the end, they've done the right thing. Which would be much harder if their adversaries were human. Or if there were more moral ambiguity, which would be nice, really.