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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All material motives are to be abandoned in the quest for unconditioned moral
worth : Where then can this worth be found if we are not to find it in the will ' s
relation to the effect hoped for from the action ? It can be found nowhere but in
The only intention of such action is to restore peace and any violated rights . 3 .
War must always be a last resort after all other courses of action have failed . 4 . A
war may only be deemed just if it is legally sanctioned by the highest authority .
The marginalising or even demonising of a particular individual or group is a
common political tool used to render violent and perhaps even unjust action
towards others more palatable to the general populous . However , it seems to
me that a ...
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