Heroes and Villains
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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20 The return of imagination During and since the Enlightenment there have
been two movements that have sought to revive the significance of imagination
within western culture . 1 . Romanticism 2 . Postmodernism Both of these – in
The Saint - Simonians heavily criticised what they recognised as the
Enlightenment ' s glorification of the individual and expressed deep concern at
the atomisation of the social order which they saw as the beginnings of anarchy .
They used ...
Individualitat carried with it the notion of individual uniqueness and originality as
opposed to the Enlightenment ideal which was regarded as qualitative and
abstract . It was a romantic conception which shunned all sterile categories . By
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