WHERE DO BADDIES COME FROM? I’ve always been convinced that those we consider bullies, evil beings, even criminals were not born like that. If they do not suffer from a psychic pathology then they must be the product of a lack of love or the result of a wrong system (family, society, education). Several important intellectuals and thinkers of all ages shared this idea. Just to name two, Jean Jacques Rousseau, with his “good natural man”, and Mary Shelley, with her terrific story of a murderous creature created by the prejudices of an entire society. This does not mean that I do not think that any individual is responsible of his/her own actions or that we do not have to pay if we commit crimes. What I mean is that while more and more people claim for stricter laws and even death penalty, I go on wondering “Why has Man always been fascinated by evil? Why has he developed and progressed in any material field but not grown up spiritually or morally? Why does he always make the same mistakes?”
I am fond of baddies – well depicted ones, not the stereotyped villains – in fiction, poetry, drama, theatre. I prefer Macbeth and Shylock to Benedick and Bassanio, byronic heroes to Walter Scott’s ones, l’Innominato to Renzo Tramaglino, Wickham and Willoughby to Mr Bingley and Colonel Brandon… Guy of Gisborne to Robin Hood. That’s the point. I always try to justify them, to find the reasons of their evil, malevolent acts. There’s always a reason… and, then , I try to imagine the sufference of bearing their great sense of guilt, their haunted nights, their anxiety and desperation, their solitude and sorrow. They are tragic heroes and they move me more than perfection and goodness.
Where does this reflection come from? Last night, Saturday night, I was terribly tired and wanted to relax watching something entertaining, amusing. You’ve seen (in the right column, down under all the rest of my stuff…) that I like watching BBC Robin Hood, too. (Yes, I know it is meant to be for kids but … I like it and I’ve seen the entire first two series on DVD). They are broadcasting RH 3 on BBC 1 in this period but I have to be satisfied with just some clips I can find in the Net (Youtube, for ex.) which have been enough to realize this season is darker and less “romantic” than the others. Anyhow, I decided I could listen to my new audiobook, inspired to
Robin Hood 3, THE WITCHFINDERS. I did it and it was exciting and entertaining but not relaxing at all. I was so involved in Richard Armitage’s skillful, emotional reading that I started writing as soon as it finished , trying to imagine Guy’s tormented, haunted nights. You know, Guy of Gisborne is a Norman ( a French Norman) descending from a noble family, now the Sheriff of Nottingham’s right-hand man. He challenges the Anglo-Saxon Robin of Locksley, then Hood as an outlaw, in more than one field. For instance, he takes Robin’s lands and manor while he is in the Holy Land, he wooes Lady Marian who was promised to Robin and wants to marry her – this happens in the first two series . Marian pretends she accepts Guy’s friendship and uses him and his influence to her advantage. But, finally, she reveals him she is in love with Robin and is going to marry him. The tragic epilogue of series two was the extreme crime of passion: Guy killed Marian.



He startled in sweat, breathing heavily, his blood rushed in his veins. His eyes stared at the daylight. Guy realized he had been lying in bed after morning. He never used to be this way before…BeforeMarianne’s death his dreams had been untroubled. Now all he saw every night was the expression in her eyes as she died. The accusation in her eyes: it was unbearable. Sometimes he forced himself to stay awake till sunrise, beyond the point of exhaustion, but as soon as he fell asleep the dream came back again, haunting him. She had betrayed him, mocked him, cheated him and all for Hood! ROBIN HOOD! He was the culprit of her death. Why didn’t she go and haunted him , instead?
Oh, no! He, Guy, deserved that! After all, he reflected, that was the only way to still see her, in his dreams. He couldn’t lie to himself: his sword had stubbed her, his offended pride had made him blind and his fury had destroyed her… he had destroyed everything. Life had turned into hell since then, he couldn’t forgive himself and nothing else mattered to him any longer.
He used to dream of glory, power, position, richness and a happy life with Marian at his side but, without her , he lived in darkness and felt definitely lost. She had seen good where there was none. She had made him about a man. What now? Was there anything worth living for?

If there was something he had always lacked, it was love. Then he had lost his family, his land, his position; he had to strive to survive and to achieve his goals. Nonetheless, what he longed for most was love, someone who loved him.
Since he was a boy, Robin had come along and troubled his life. Their parents had died, all of them: his father and mother, as well as Robin’s father, in the same tragic fire. But they were grown up now. Robin had gone to the Crusades with King Richard and, while he was in the Holy Land, Guy had started getting what he had always wished for: position (he was Sir Guy of Gisborne now), power (everybody feared him, the Sheriff ‘s right - hand man ), land (he was the Lord of Robin’s land now, Locksley), Marian (she had accepted his protection and even his marriage proposal). As Robin got back, everything was spoilt, troubles began, Marian died, the Sheriff humiliated him more and more. He was leading a miserable, nightmarish, guilt-ridden life. He was in Hell.





I hope they will appreciate. And now, to all of you ... a music clip and

a very good night!


Lotta Dahl said...

Excellent post! I love Guy, he is so skillfully played as you say, it is hard not to. By far the best acting job in the show and the only reason many people even watch it. The show is a bit darker than it's previous incarnations and each season it has gotten more so. This season they explore just WHY guy is like he is, where his hatered, his need to succeed no matter what he has to do, etc all comes from. Horribly scared emotionally as a teenager, a lot of it coming from things Robin and his father had done. It is no wonder really that Guy isn't worse than he is or that he was ever able to be turned to the good side. The greatest part about guy (other than those legs and that nose!) is that you can see inside him, you see WHO he WANTS to be even when he's in some of his worst times. Now, season three he's blossoming more and more. There was a scene in this last episode (12) where they are all drowning in pebbles and Robin tells Guy to climb on top of him and much so one of them will live. Much protests and says it has to be Robin, and Guy doesn't argue in the least. Instead he locks arms with Much in sort of a huddle to 1) perserve their shared air and 2) to give Robin something to stand on to get above the rising stones. This is NOT leave-my-baby-in-the-forest Guy, this is the Guy that should have been if he hadn't suffered so badly as a youth and hopefully, if they do a season 4, this is the guy we will see a lot more of!

Maria Grazia said...

@Jenny Kerr
Thank you, J.! I'm glad that you appreciated and added lots of news to my post. I'm looking forward to watching more of series 3. Cheers!

lunarossa said...

OMG! Are you two talking about the Robin Hood series that I thought it was ok for children? If so, I've got to stop my daughter to watch it then!!! Although if she's not scared by Harry Potter & Co, maybe she won't be of Robin Hood either. Ciao. A.

Maria Grazia said...

Don't worry A. I think this series is darker than the previous ones but not so scary. Neither for your daughter. It is going to finish next Saturday and everybody knows Robin Hood will die in the last episode, as a great tragic hero fighting for his ideals. Better you see it with her, maybe. Buona giornata!

Mo said...

Was standing in a queue at the bank the other day. Thechap in front of me showed me the book he is currently reading...Pride and predjudice and the zombies. An interesting take on a classic...

Maria Grazia said...

Would you like to read that kind of manipulation of a classic? I actually prefer the original. I haven't read any sequel or odd adaptation so far. But I can understand it can be fun, especially if you are stuck in queues, which I hate! Thanks for dropping by.

Elvira said...

I left a comment but it hasn't appeared. I said you are so empathetic, Maria Grazia!

I also said that the characters I prefer are those with lights and shadows, rather than very perfect or very bad ones.


Maria Grazia said...

So we can say we are very similar in that!
I'm sorry for your first comment. No sé lo que occurriò! Buonas noches!

lunarossa said...

Thanks, Maria Grazia, for warning me! I don't think my Vicky could stand Robin Hood dying!!! I wonder why she never mentioned anything about Lady Marian. That's her problem: she elaborates everythign herself and she has nightmares! Ciao. A.

Avalon said...

Very pretty how well you can describe your thoughts. I have seen this video a hundred times, lol, I just did not know it was yours. I think this is the video my niece has linked on her myspace.
Too bad the show did not turn the audio books into episodes. The season three audio books were good drama. I suppose by season three the writers moved away from the adolescent audience. But I did not mind, I love family shows. There is so much tragedy in real life it is refreshing and inspirational to escape to fantasy.
I think what we consider for kids in the states is somewhat different from other countries. Everyone in my family and my friends of all ages love Robin Hood, or maybe we Southern Americans are just big kids. When I took my kids to see Harry Potter, there was an equal number of adults without children as there was families with kids.

Maria Grazia said...

I'm glad you liked this clip. I can understand your points... but I didn't feel a big kid at watching RH! MAybe my sons and husband did! But maybe it's better not to ask! Thanks for your comments.