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
While the Ring is clearly understood to be a weapon of incredible power –
certainly enough to overthrow Sauron and end the present war – the cost of
making use of such a resource is considered , by most , to be far too great . This
is made ...
... 152 Voldemort 107 Ripley , Ellen 2 White Witch 98 , 101 Werewolf 114 , 147
Wolverine 118 , 147 , 154 Saruman 67 , 68 , 74 , 75 , 97 , 111 , 127 Sauron 36 ,
67 , 68 , 74 , 91 , 111 , 123 Skywalker , Luke 2 , 51 , 55 , 123 Skywalker , Anakin
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