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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Throughout much of the story the forces of evil , symbolised in the demonic
unseen figure of the dark lord Sauron , are portrayed as overwhelming . The
plight of the good and the noble of Middle Earth – be they great elven lords or
Consider Saruman . If any of the Wise should with this Ring overthrow the Lord of
Mordor , using his own arts , he would then set himself on Sauron ' s throne , and
yet another Dark Lord would appear . . . as long as it is in the world ...
In Philip Pullman ' s His Dark Materials trilogy one of the central characters , Lord
Asriel , requires the release of a large amount of energy in order to open a portal
to another world . His daughter , the hero of the series , Lyra , finally comes to ...
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