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Tragic opposites: Is General Hux a more tragic villain than Kylo Ren?

I was thinking about J.J. Abrams wanting Hux to have an air of tragedy because he seems too young for his position in the First Order. The main intention behind that statement could be the assumptions about what his childhood was like and what he had to do in his youth to climb the ranks so quickly. (“This galactic junta operates a little like the mafia. You kill your way to the top.”) What we know about the First Order is certainly enough to understand why Hux could be described as tragic. But I also thought back to the Kylo and Hux dynamic and the writers’ possible intentions behind depicting Kylo and Hux as a mirror image of each other. Domhnall Gleeson was certainly portraying Hux in that way, saying “He’s kind of opposite Kylo Ren. They have their own relationship, which is individual and unusual. One of them is strong in different ways than the other. They’re both vying for power.”

If Hux being the opposite of Kylo is also the case when it comes to dedication to his cause, then this could also be what is considered tragic. Look at Kylo who is so conflicted about his involvement with the Dark Side (and the First Order by extension). Thus, the opposite is a zealous and confident belief in supporting the First Order. This matches Hux’s behavior in TFA perfectly. Perhaps Hux’s unwavering belief that his actions are right is even more tragic than our antihero’s our villain, Kylo’s inner turmoil. Kylo is deciding between two paths that he understands well. He knows both sides. He knows why the Resistance and the New Republic view the fragments of the Empire and it’s offshoot group, The First Order, as evil. He also knows why the First Order sees the New Republic as an illegitimate government founded on terrorism. Hux, on the other hand, only has the First Order view fully engrained and sees the First Order’s murderous actions as completely justified. This can indeed be tragic in itself, because younger characters are more often portrayed in media as being flexible and open-minded and not completely set in their ways like Hux. However, the consistent contrast between Hux and Kylo could also be telling us that Kylo is not the main villain of the trilogy and Snoke or Hux or someone new will be filling those shoes. Then again, we can view the paths that led Kylo and Hux to where they are now as tragic in different ways, and the writers could be merely trying to depict tension and division in the First Order’s leadership. We can only wait and see if more of Hux's "tragic" backstory will be revealed or if we only have a tragic future to observe for one or both of the antagonist rivals in the next two episodes.

Originally posted by imaginehux

‘Where the Sea Meets the Stars’ (VLD; Shance)

So given that it’s been a crazy week with my freelance work I haven’t had time to write pieces for every day of Shance Fluff Week, but I saw some gorgeous artwork by the incredibly talented @inkymint a few days ago, and… well. Here are all of the prompts woven into a single one-shot, and hopefully doing even a little bit of justice to the stunning inspiration. Thank you for a great wekk, Shance fans! Enjoy!

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The tale of the Eagle is an Albanian folk tale that explains how Albania and Albanians received their indigenous name: A youth was hunting in the mountains. An eagle flying above him alighted on top of a crag. The eagle was especially large and had a snake in its beak. After a while, the eagle flew away from the crag where it had its nest. The youth then climbed to the top of the crag where he saw, in the nest, an eaglet playing with the dead snake. However, the snake was not dead. Suddenly it stirred, revealed its fangs and was ready to pierce the eaglet with its deadly venom. The youth quickly took out his bow and arrow and killed the snake. Then he took the eaglet and started for his home. Suddenly the youth heard above him the loud whir of the great eagle’s wings.

“Why do you kidnap my child?” cried the eagle. “The child is mine because I saved it from the snake which you didn’t kill,” answered the youth.

“Give me back my child, and I will give you as a reward the sharpness of my eyes and the powerful strength of my wings. You will become invincible, and you will be called by my name!”

Thus the youth handed over the eaglet. After the eaglet grew, it would always fly above the head of the youth, now a grown man, who with his bow and arrows killed many wild beasts of the forest, and with his sword slew many enemies of the land. During all of these feats, the eagle faithfully watched over and guided him.

Amazed by the valiant hunter’s deeds, the people of the land elected him king and called him Shqipëtar, which is to say Son of the Eagle (shqipe or shqiponjë is Albanian for eagle) and his kingdom became known as “Shqipëria” or Land of the Eagles.The two heads on the eagle represent the north and the south.

—  The Tale of the Eagle, Wikipedia

i got tagged by @latoolralus to do the playlist shuffle tag (hit the shuffle button on ur itunes library and list the first 10 songs that come up) so here it goes:

1. Tunic (Song for Karen) - Sonic Youth

2. Regular John - Queens of the Stone Age

3. Been a Son (EP Version) - Nirvana

4. My Kind of Woman - Mac DeMarco

5. Down to the Well - Pixies

6. Heads Down - The Love Junkies

7. Alison - Together Pangea

8. Limo Wreck - Soundgarden

9. Purr - Sonic Youth

10. Climbing up the Walls - Radiohead

thanks for tagging me! i tag @cover-me-with-grass, @wavvegoth, @bleachedanderased, @blood-garbage, and anyone else who wants to do it :)

  • youth group member: pastor steve, why does god -
  • cool but exhausted youth pastor: listen.
  • cool but exhausted youth pastor: i love teaching you kids about god and i love god but right now i am tired of answering questions about god. all day with the god questions.
  • cool but exhausted youth pastor: right now i just want us to have some fun rock climbing.
  • cool but exhausted youth pastor: the rock climbing can be for god, if you want it to be. sure. why not.
  • youth group member: pastor steve?
  • cool but exhausted youth pastor: yes?
  • youth group member: could god make a rock climb so difficult they couldn't climb it?
  • cool but exhausted youth pastor: yes. no. whatever makes you happy. let's please just climb the rocks.