Who legitimately still likes Tarrlock as a character. He is one of the main antagonists sure, but he has mystery, he’s cultured, and he seems to actually want to help the people of Republic City while firstly thinking about the benefits of his power and decisions.This just like so many politicians today that I think Tarrlock’s character and overall development is a great way for a younger audience to see how corruption works within the government, just like how Amon’s characterization and development can show them that oppression and violence cannot be fought with more oppression and violence. Communication and understanding is key if everyone wants to live a free, just, and stable society.
What Tarrlock is starting to issue out is a police-state and stripping the rights of a certain group of people and targeting them for traits they cannot be held responsible for. Because this is set up within in 1920s landscape, I think it caters to how Western civilizations have dealt with the oppression of groups in the pats. Tarrlock’s rounding up of the nonbenders is precisely what happened in American multiple times throughout its history in the 20th century, the most notable example being the Japanese internment camps. Of course, people will tell you its probably more in line with the concentration camps of Nazi Germany but that’s taking the analogy to far, especially since Tarrlock has different motivations than Hitler; Amon is definitely more in line with the thoughts of Nazi Germany and blaming a specific group for their problems.
What Tarrlock is doing is what the FDR and Bush/Obama presidencies have done: they have targeted individuals based on their ethnic backgrounds and have condemn for being part of the extremists within their respective ethnicity. Also, the “indefinitely detained” line said by the Captain is direct parallel to the NDAA, which can allow the government can indefinitely detain any American citizen without due process and without charges.
Tarrlock represents the American politician of today. He is captivating and wants to help the people of his city, but he will do so by oppressing the rights of certain groups because he believes that’s the only “right” way to keep his city safe. He is power-hungry as well, but that’s more of a secondary trait as of now. He is also determined, shrewd, and a fear-mongerer. While I dislike 98% of all politicians in American society, I like how Tarrlock represents them. Hopefully, the audience will realize that Tarrlock’s tactics do not work and that will never work, especially in the real world.
Through Tarrlock and Amon, I hope the audience will see that the only way to stop oppression is through discussion/communication and treating the other as an equal with valid thoughts and opinions.