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Jaws’ Author Finally Explains Whether The Shark Or The Mayor Is The Story’s Real Villain

There’s no question that the shark in 1975’s Jaws is a menace, as he terrorized the town of Amity and later attacked the movie’s three main protagonists. However, as far as who the movie’s main villain is, there’s an argument to be made that Amity’s mayor, Murray Hamilton’s Larry Vaughn, could hold that title instead, as his insistence that the town’s beaches remain open and downplaying of the danger resulted in the shark killing more people. So is Mayor Larry Vaughn the real villain of Jaws, or is it still the shark?

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