The word Villain is derived from the Middle English villein which means a rustic boor, a person of the lower classes with uncouth mind and manner. We have imagined Villains has gruesome gods and monster, who come from the sea, hide in our closets and of course are in our nightmares. Some popular villains are Satan, Nurse Ratched and Dracula. The Victorians had a fascination with madness. Villains have been blamed for bringing evil and disrupting a peaceful world.
- People fear the unknown, imagining a host of terrors to fill the mystery.
- When a villain in a story disturbs us, that can be a moment to reflect for the reader.
- The faster pace of modern life has removed some of the introspection that used to dominate people in the past.
“If our heroes disclose who we wish to be, our villains reveal what we fear we may become.”