Just the Beginning: Discovering Your Villain

This week in class we had to dive into our creative side. For some people in may have been easy, but for others it may have been harder than expected. For me, it wasn't too bad. I enjoyed learning about what makes a monster and a villain and I am excited to continue researching the one of my choice.

I found Raid Two very interesting but challenging at the same time. I chose to investigate The Wicked Witch of the West. I thought I had my plan all figured out but it turns out while you research and investigate, some problems may arise. One of the reoccurring issues I can across was the fact that The Wicked Witch of the West appears so many times in multiple settings. I found her in books, movies, plays, even TV shows.

Learning about monsters and villains was very interesting for me this week. When I think of monsters I think of the big, scary creatures that as children we thought resided in our closets and under our beds. As for villains, my mind immediately jumps to the foes of the famous super heroes. Turns out that there’s actually more to monsters and villains than their stereotyped as. This is where we start to dig deeper into investigating our character.

One of the main tasks in Raid Two was to find analysis of your character and write about them. Though this task may seem daunting, I found a website that broke it down into three parts; this makes it seem manageable. (Teaching College English)

1. Define your character

a. Protagonist, antagonist, major, minor, etc.

2. Describe your character

3. Discuss conflicts your character is involved in

I haven’t written many research papers so I think this upcoming paper may be a bit of a challenge for me. Although we’re still in the early stages of the paper, I thought it would be helpful to look up tips on writing a research papers. One of the first things the source I found pointed out is that I research paper isn’t an informed summary but rather a unique perspective on a topic. I find this to be a great point because I’m sure many people, including myself, would assume the purpose of a research paper is to find information on a topic and convey that to others through writing. It also points out to know your audience; this is something we have gone over in class before and I will be able to apply it to my writing. The website also touches on the importance of outlining, drafting, and revising your papers. (Purdue OWL) These last couple of tools may be useful in all papers but I think it will help me with my research paper for my villain.

Raid Two may have only been the beginning to a long writing process, but I am excited to see what I find out about The Wicked Witch of the West and how I will be able to present her story.

Works Cited

"How to Write a Character Analysis." Teaching College English How to Write a Character Analysis Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.

"Welcome to the Purdue OWL." Purdue OWL: Research Papers. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.

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