I hope you enjoy the case study video this week, "The Barefoot Bandit." It's an excellent little documentary, and certainly from a literary point of view.
Last week, we have had some great discussion on the forum about the picaro. Is Harris-Moore a picaro? To summarize, a picaro is:
- low socio-economic class
- Fails at his mission
- Represents some problem in society
- Doesn't follow traditional narratives or bypasses acceptable behaviour
- Is unpredictable (both in a narrative sense as well as a biographical sense).
The reason characters like this are so important, is that they break the mold of the traditional hero/villain divide. In this sense, while they are incongruous, they are in many respects more effective as a commentary on society or social issues at the heart of a drama.
What do you make of the Barefoot Bandit?