Where have all the good guys gone?

Hi there,

just lately there seems to be a glut of programmes on the tv that have as their protagonist someone who is morally ambiguous which made me question what makes this type of character so appealing to us.

This kind of anti hero dates back centuries even to Greek literature but let’s not go that far back, I doubt any of us can remember that far back anyway. My first introduction to the anti- hero was Dirty Harry. Here was someone who was willing to bend the rules to get a result. Someone who seemingly didn’t give a rat’s ass for rules as long as he got the bad guy. This trend has travelled well through both mediums of literature and film, whether it be tv or cinema being refined until it is the polished item we see today. Even in Comic books we see the change, even Superman, the bastion of truth, justice and the American way has been altered in the respect that we saw him kill someone in the latest movie outing of the character, something that a few years ago would have been impossible.

This beggars the question, what has happened to the good, clean cut hero, the hero who does the right thing simply because it is the right thing?

There are many who subscribe to the notion that all great characters in literature or film are not either all good or all bad but grey. In life there are grey areas in everything and this relates well to characters, but what is it that makes this type of character so appealing to us?

I suppose, after all the in depth inspection of the matter it all boils down to one simple fact. These people who are willing to visit the same evil of those who perpetrate it on others are doing what we all wish we could do, and that is get justice in a world filled and fuelled by injustice.

In the first book in the Col Sec series we meet Kurt Stryder who has to face a dilemma. His dilemma is a decision he has to make, he has a secret that could cause great harm or bring great good to many if used wisely. Being a good man he is tortured by this decision because at heart he is a good man and only wants to do good. He joined Sol Sec because of something his father told him. Something so simple in concept but it made an indelible impact on his mind. His father told him that for evil to triumph all that was required was for good men to do nothing.

Kurt Stryder’s dilemma can be seen in Ronin available here,  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ronin-Col-Mr-Jan-Domagala/dp/1499603703/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416434415&sr=1-1&keywords=Ronin%2C+Col+Sec+1

That’s all for now,

See you soon

Jan.

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About jandomagala

Having worked in the ceramic printing industry since leaving school in the early 70's I've had a passion for the written word. I started writing in the 80's and since discovering the self publishing world have finally seen the first part of my ambition come to fruition, my name in print. Now with the help of wordpress and other promotion tools I hope to see the second part of my ambition come true, to earn a living from writing.
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