Empathizing With Serial Killer Protagonists - Barry

Barry is a "dramedy" television series following the life of Barry Block (his stage name), a man who is a former marine turned hit man that aspires to become an actor in Hollywood due to his hatred for having to murder people (who are often innocent). Barry feels the need to go to extreme measures in order to pursue his career in acting which results in the murder of several people whom he considers friends or colleagues. Is it appropriate to empathize with a character who performs such immoral actions?

  • For interesting topic. I also think that comparing Barry to someone like Dexter or other antagonistic protagonists would be a good idea. Are redeeming qualities and remorse for human nature strong enough for the audience to disregard serious moral questions such as murder? – Pamela Maria 4 years ago

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