Today a solar eclipse will pass over the continental United States for the first time since 1918. Anybody lucky enough to see the total solar eclipse will be in for a literal once in a lifetime experience. It will be tempting to look directly at the eclipse, but scientists warn that this could seriously damage people’s eyes.
Not everybody deserves to hear this warning, though. Here are some characters who actually should look directly at the eclipse.
1. Tom Chaney from True Grit
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For those unfortunate people who have yet to read Charles Portis’s classic True Grit, Tom Chaney is the central villain. He shot Mattie Ross’s father dead, which sends the precocious young lady on an adventure to avenge her dad.
Portis manages to make Chaney a near-sympathetic character, but he still killed Mattie’s dad and Mattie is awesome. Best of all, Chaney would actually be directly under the total solar eclipse’s path. If you happen to run into Chaney today, make sure he doesn’t know about those eclipse glasses.
2. Dracula from Dracula
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Transylvania may be far from the United States, but Count Dracula could be on vacation in New Orleans or something. If so, maybe you can forget to mention that you’re not supposed to look directly at the sun. You can find a way to artfully omit that information, right?
3. The Queen from “Snow White”
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Magic mirror on the wall…don’t even bother. If the Queen looks at the solar eclipse, she’ll damage her sight so much she might not even be able to see. If she can’t see, then any concept of who’s the fairest of them all will surely fly out the window. In fact, if the Queen looks at the solar eclipse the central conflict in “Snow White” would be resolved.
4. Claudius from Hamlet
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Claudius is one wicked uncle. First, he kills his own brother, and then he marries his brother’s widow. Woof. Once he’s king, his nephew, Hamlet, swears vengeance. If Claudius went blind, then it would definitely make Hamlet’s quest for vengeance easier. Assuming the eclipse happened before the events of the play, then Claudius’s whole dastardly scheme would fall apart.
5. Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men
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Anton Chigurh, famously played by Javier Bardem in the 2007 Coen brothers movie, is essentially a force of nature. With his captive bolt gun, Chigurh acts less like a madman and more like a professional big game hunter. Any hunter’s worst nightmare is going blind. Let’s see Chigurh nail those crazy shots without his precious 20/20 vision.
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