Dear Diary: Mirage’s Conflict

For this 3 point writing assignment, “Dear Diary…” (http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/dear-diary/), I was encouraged to write a diary entry from the perspective of any Disney villain I choose. In an attempt at creative liberty, I chose villainess Mirage from Pixar’s “The Incredibles”. I justified this decision by the fact that Disney owns Pixar, and incorporates their merchandise within Disney theme parks and Disney games. While the animated film is not a traditional spy movie, I had the idea of focusing on Mirage’s shift into a “double agent” or spy working under Syndrome and ultimately betraying him (Incorporating our semester’s spy theme).

Next, I chose to focus on a diary entry which would occur directly after Mirage witnessed what she intuitively recognized as Mr. Incredible’s family be seemingly murdered (Children included). I wanted to delve into the psyche of Mirage, to figure out her justification for the clear involvement she had previously in the systematic murder of superheroes up until this point. Additionally, I wanted to see why this changed in the story as she chose to eventually become a double agent. Writing this wasn’t entirely difficult, but finding the correct character motivations for Mirage was a challenge. I would rank this assignment as average in difficulty. View my diary entry below.

 

Dear Diary…

Throughout my career in classified-security threats faced by the government, bleeding into my program management duties for Syndrome, I’ve always believed in the greater good. Natural selection is a powerful and dangerous concept when applied to the human race, as oppressors over the weak have permanently and repeatedly marked the history of our society throughout time with blood and cruelty. Legal precedence banning superheroes from vigilante work were a direct result of gross endangerment of human life on a consistent basis by superheroes. So, while not necessarily sanctioned by the government as the ideal method of handling the security threat of superheroes, Syndrome’s methodology still worked in favor of the interests of the non-superhero public. It was almost a test when I interacted with supers like Mr. Incredible; he could refute the idea of vigilante work sincerely when tempted, or suffer the consequences of valuing his own life above those of mere humans. 

Yet, the button I pushed today killed not just mere humans, but the pinnacle of human innocence itself: children. I will eternally value human life above all else, and I knew firmly that Syndrome felt the same… until today. Reveling in his decision to murder innocents, he was thrown off-guard as Mr. Incredible lunged for him. When I blocked his attack, Syndrome encouraged him to bring me my death after hearing Mr. Incredible’ emotion-fueled threats. I felt as if I was looking at a miracle, but hadn’t understood it, when I stared up at Mr. Incredible after he released me from his hold. Valuing life is the mission of my life, and I don’t know what kind of mirage I’ve been content with living in until now.

 

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