Warning! This article contains SPOILERS for Netflix’s The School for Good and Evil
Netflix’s The School for Good & Evil features a critical twist regarding its villain in its third act, but the film sets that shift through the film’s fairy tales. The premise of the film itself is ripe for subversion and reversals, as it creates two houses of a diametrically opposite school and places the film’s two heroines, Sophie (Sophia Anne Caruso) and Agatha (Sofia Wylie) on opposite sides. The two main characters not only resist black and white worldviews as good and evil, but are also the ones who discover that a much darker plot is taking place in the school that inspires the fairy tales of the human realm.
The crux of the main turning point for The School for Good & Evil is that the movie villain responsible for the darkness in the heart of the school is none other than the principal (Laurence Fishburne), who claimed to be Rhian, but is in fact his twin. identical, The School for Good & Evils Rafal (Kit Young), the source of all evil in fairy tales. The film carefully sets this twist from the start, showing the corrupting influence of the stories Rafal cultivates from the school for heroes and villains, and this influence is shown through its impact on Sophie. With Rafal shaping the human world through her stories, it makes sense that those who read them incarnate and emulate her evil subconsciously. As such, Sophie’s placement in the School for Evil isn’t a deliberate manipulation on Rafal’s part (although he does a lot of it), but sets her revelation as the ultimate villain.
Sophie is defined by fairy tales, yet she is evil
In The School for Good & Evil, evil allegedly hasn’t had a win in 200 years. As such, the stories that come out of school are, on the surface, meant to inspire goodness in readers like Sophie. Sophie is in the school of evil, yet she believes Sophie’s tales should have made her good as she remembers and internalizes the stories she reads, allowing them to inform her worldview of hers. Sophie demonstrates this inherent assumption multiple times throughout the film with her vision of her stepmother as an evil stepmother, her attempts to befriend animals like the princesses in her books, and the way she uses a saucepan as a weapon like heroin. of Tangled. While Sophie wants to be like the good protagonists of her stories about her and she emulates them perfectly, she goes straight to the school of evil. This shows how the Headmaster’s tales and their insidious influence encourage evil behavior, even on the part of those who are meant to be good. From the beginning of the film, this suggests that something is wrong with the Headmaster’s leadership, which explains how one of her devotees ended up in the school of evil.
The stories of the school have changed the world for centuries
In The School for Good & Evil, Sophie isn’t the only one to show evidence of the corrupting influence of Headmaster Rafal’s stories before the turning point unfolds. Later in the film, it is revealed that Lady Lesso (Charlize Theron), the principal of the school of evil, was also a recruited reader from the mortal realm. Like Sophie, Lady Lesso loved the stories produced by the school and her release from school for evil long before Sophie’s arrival portrays the generational impact of Rafal’s influence. With Sophie following in Lady Lesso’s footsteps both by going to the school for evil and then passing it, Lady Lesso foreshadows Sophie’s further corruption and shows that the Headmaster’s stories have been encouraging evil in her readers for years. Furthermore, Lady Lesso’s infatuation with Rafal shows that her love for evil is not only institutional but personal. As the main cast member of The School for Good & Evil, she falls in love with the source of all evil, and while this could be read as Lady Lesso embracing her position, it is nonetheless very significant that someone from the mortal realm is seduced by evil incarnate.
Sophie’s “evil” was the result of the principal’s plans
Finally, The School for Good & Evil not only uses Sophie to portray the more subtle influence of the Headmaster’s stories by encouraging evil behavior in both past and present readers, but also shows how the Headmaster has actively cultivated Sophie’s downfall by feeding her a sense of right. In The School for Good and Evil, Sophie’s sense of certainty that she is good comes from these stories as she tries to emulate the heroes within them. But this right has a key weakness, as it makes her easy to target and manipulate once she’s inside the school itself, especially with Agatha in school forever.
Her sense of being wronged by ending up in the school of evil makes her easy to manipulate, while her dogmatic certainty of knowing where she is on the scale of good and evil is also very evil. One of the true hallmarks of heroes is the ability to adapt and develop, and above all the ability to admit when they are wrong. Yet Sophie, and many of the school’s professors, cannot do so in the face of the inherent darkness of a school that punishes students by turning them into creatures like the wish fish. Then, once Sophie’s hopes, which had been nurtured all her life by the Headmaster’s stories, were dashed by her position in evil, it became easy for Rafal to manipulate directly by guiding her studies and offering her skills. darker. This made his transformation into an evil witch in The School for Good and Evil a direct and indirect result of the Headmaster’s plans.
Through various indications that Sophie and Lady Lesso’s evil has been cultivated from the stories they have read, The School for Good and Evil foreshadows that the school itself is a source of evil, even if outwardly it doesn’t look like one. Likewise, it suggests that the film’s latest villain is the school itself and, by extension, the one who leads and creates the school: the principal. The headmaster’s revelation as Rafal, the source of all evil in the stories, is thus well set, not only in the inherent darkness of the original fairy tales the school creates, but in the impact of the school on those who read them. This also allows the twist on The School for Good and Evil to examine the impact on black and white worldviews and the power of the fairy tales they refer to and whether they prompt those who read them to pay attention to their inner demons or their angels. best.