2060Re: [mythsoc] Harry Potter, an 11 year old view
- Aug 2, 2000There's a difference between mixed good/bad people and mixed moral
messages. _The Lord of the Rings_, for instance, has the former but not
the latter. "Good and evil have not changed since yesterday," Aragorn
says (approx. quote), "nor are they one thing among elves and dwarves and
another among men."
I've also seen a lot of fantasies that seem to have mixed moral messages
but black-and-white characters.
IMHO, it is more important for authors to show that their characters are
human, with flaws and less-than-pure desires and impulses, than to show
their postmodern (or whatever) sensibility by demonstrating that good and
bad are not absolute. At least for some readers, Tolkien and Lewis are
demonstrations that you can have absolute black-and-white moral messages
without rigid situations or cardboard characters.
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