Reflection Paper on Modern Day Villains

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A villain can be seen as many different things to people around the world. Everyone has his or her own thoughts to what exactly makes a person a villain. To me, a villain is someone who has little to no conscious thoughts about how his or her actions affect a person or group of people. Villains can hurt anyone significantly, whether they know them on a personal level or not, and feel no remorse. They do not care about laws, moral codes, or the fact that what they do can put them in federal prison for the rest of their life, and will do whatever it takes to get what they want; which is almost always money and power. I believe these are the biggest ways to tell a villain from a hero because a decent human being could not force such terrible things on innocent people, and continue to live his or her life as if they had done no wrong doings. Even though in today’s society many have blurred the lines between right and wrong because almost everyone wants money and/or power, you can still tell when someone is a true hero or villain. One man stands out as a true villain in modern time. One of the best examples of a modern day villain to me is Bernard Madoff.

Bernard Madoff was born on April 29,1938 in New York City, New York. He was born to parents who were never really successful financially. After graduating High school in 1956, Bernard went to the University of Alabama. After only a year at the university, he transferred to Hofstra University. At this university he received his Bachelor’s degree in political science. In 1959 he married his long time high school sweetheart, Ruth, who worked in the stock market in Manhattan. Bernard went for a short time to Brooklyn Law School, but quit to open his own investment firm. With his wife, they opened the firm using only five thousand dollars he had earned from small side jobs. They named the company Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, LLC. With the help of his father-in-law, a retired C.P.A, the business boomed. Many...
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