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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As Stan Lee wrote in the first ever Spiderman comic story ' with great power
comes great responsibility and this would certainly seem to be a major motif
within the heroic character , as we shall see . The word transcendence derives
from the ...
Mike Alsford. Of course the difference between Superman and the Batman
reflects one of the fundamental tensions within the heroic character – and brings
us back to the Stan Lee quote on Spiderman referred to earlier – that between
The notion of proportionality is clearly an issue here and once again this returns
us to the Stan Lee Spiderman quote ' with great power comes great responsibility
' . 13 Often the super heroes such as Buffy or Spiderman for example , have to ...
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