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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Superman , or Kal - El as we discover his real name to be , as an iconic hero
fighting for ' truth , justice and the American way ' is other than the world he fights
for in the most complete way possible . As an alien refugee from the doomed
2 the eponymous Bill makes this exact same point : Superman stands alone .
Superman did not become Superman . Superman was born Superman . When
Superman wakes up in the morning , he is Superman . His alter ego is Clark Kent
For Nietzsche , the Superman was not a being in possession of paranormal
powers but one who transcended all values and conventions : I teach you the
Superman . Man is something that is to be surpassed . . . What is the greatest
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