Defending the Villain

1.) Go back through your notes and collect everything you have written so far on Heroes and Villains. (The Hero's Journey, Greek Hero Notes, Brainstorm the lists of real/fictional heroes and villains we did as a class, etc.)

2.) Once you find all of these materials you will read through this article on the worst Literary Villains of all time. Your objective is to pick one villain from the list below, do additional research on them, and then pretend you are in a court case defending this villain.

- Voldemort - Harry Potter
- Claudius - Hamlet by Shakespeare
- The Grand Witch - The Witches by Roald Dahl
- The White Witch - The Chronicles of Narnia
- Captain Hook - Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
- Lady MacBeth - MacBeth by Shakespeare
- Sauron - The Lord of the Rings - Tolkien
- Iago - Othello by Shakespeare
- Javert - Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
- Big Brother - 1984 by George Orwell
- Fagin - Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
- Count Dracula - Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Mephistopholes - Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
- Hannibal Lecter - Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
- Count Olaf - A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
- President Snow - The Hunger Games
- Bellatrix Lastrange - Harry Potter
- Jeanine Matthews - Divergent Series
-Dolores Umbridge - Harry Potter
- Professor Moriarty - Sherlock Holmes by Arther Conan Doyle
- WICKED - Maze Runner by James Dashner

You will need to:

- Write at least a one page defense minimum. USE PARAGRAPHS. MLA FORMAT. (Look back through the blog for instructions if you need them.)
- Use your notes on a hero to try and justify your villains actions.
- Come up with facts that prove your villain is innocent.
- Spin the story of your villain so that it works in your favor.
- Use DIRECT EXAMPLES from the research you find to defend your villain. You will need to find a way to twist/cut out some words in order to make them work in your favor.
- CITE any resource you use in your defense on a separate MLA works cited page - MLA Works Cited Instructions - scroll down for examples. You need at least one resource on your Works Cited Page.

To achieve a good defense you need to research multiple pages about your fictional villain, watch clips of them on YouTube if you can find any, and do your best to persuade your audience that your villain is actually a misunderstood, innocent person.

If you need assistance on how to start your paper, read through this short reminder on how to write a persuasive paper - Persuasive Writing Brief Instruction

When finished, email it to if you typed it, otherwise hand write and turn it in. - DUE AT THE END OF CLASS.
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