i saw a post asking what makes oliver important……damn. what a question.
i’ve been thinking about it…. and to be honest i think oliver queen is more than just a fictional tv character. i think he represents an ideal.
see……he’s done some terrible things. he tortured people. he killed people. he made bad choices, he is well aware of all of this, and yet he still gets up every morning and tries to save his city. he still gets up every morning and tries to make the better choice, the right choice. he still hopes for happiness. despite the countless horrible things that have happened to him, the pain, torture, grief and unresolved mental health issues he had to endure over the last 9 years, he’s still kind. he still tries to make jokes sometimes. he still smiles and he still believes that the world is worth saving and that he is capable of playing a part in that.
i think the real reason so many people relate to oliver is because of the idea he represents. he’s proof that no matter how horrible you think you are, no matter what bad you’ve done, you can be forgiven, you can be better, you still have the power to make the right choice. he’s proof that whatever crap you’ve had to go through, you can still be warm, you can be kind, you can do good, that doesn’t define you. (really, it’s the best kind of hope)
and, i’ve seen a lot of posts that say laurel is the real hero of star city, not oliver……..and you know what, maybe. but it doesn’t really matter if oliver is the ‘true hero of the city’ or not. he suffered, but he kept a good and pure heart through it all. he did bad things but he’s still trying to be better…….
and honestly……i hope i have the courage and strength to be like that too