英会話ブログ その795      Why Do Americans Love Outlaws ? (1)

2016/04/19

There's something you might notice if you watch a lot of American movies or dramas : The "hero" is often a villain.

As far as cinema or TV goes, since the last 30 or 40 years there has been a big change.

Previously, the hero was a pure-hearted, clean person who, in the battle between good and evil was always on the side of good.  There was always a clear distinction between people who were good and those who were bad, and "good" always won in the end.

Not any more.  Since at least the late 1960s, the "Antihero" became popular.  An antihero is a person, who though not completely good or pure, will do something good in the end.  A good example is Clint Eastwood in the old "macaroni" Westerns.

In the "Godfather" movies, members of a Mafia "family" are obviously criminals, but viewers like and sympathize with them.  This idea was continued through other mafia films and TV series " The Sopranos".                                  (G.K)


英会話表現&英単語
outlaw                         ならず者
villain                        悪党
As far as 〜 goes              〜に関して言えば
pure-hearted                   純真な
battle between good and evil   善と悪との戦い
on the side of good            善の味方になる
clear distinction              明確な区別
in the end                     最後には
sympathize with 〜             〜に同情する
The Sopranos                   テレビドラマ「哀愁のマフィア」

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