Heroes and Villains

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Baylor University Press, 2006 - Philosophy - 158 pages
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Hercules, Jesus, James Bond, Luke Skywalker, Gandalf, Frodo, Harry Potter, Buffy Summers, Spiderman, Batman, Captain Kirk, Dr. Who, Darth Vader, Sauron, Voldemort, Lex Luthor, Dr. Doom, the Daleks, the Borg. Almost anybody living in the developed West would be able to group these individuals into two camps: the heroes and the villains. However, what criteria they may use to do this is less clear.


Mike Alsford introduces us to a range of heroic and villainous archetypes on a journey through film, television, comic books, and literature. On the way, he addresses questions such as: What is a true hero? What is a true villain? Have we misunderstood these terms? What kind of societal values do our mythical heroes and villains represent? In trying to understand the extremes of hero and villain we are made more aware of our own ethical standards and given a space in which to explore contemporary concerns over notions of right and wrong, good and bad.

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User Review  - Jeffery Moulton - Goodreads

Amazing book. Alsford's style and insight into heroes, villains, and life are priceless. One of the best books I've ever read. Read full review

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User Review  - Veronica Tabares - Goodreads

Had a lot of great information, but not the easiest book to read. Read full review

Contents

Heroes and Otherness
23
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
63
Villains Monsters and Evil Masterminds
95
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Mike Alsford is Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Greenwich, London.

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