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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The very desire of it corrupts the heart . 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 we have mentioned in Chapter Two fear of otherness is very much at the heart
of the villainous persona . The villain - it would appear – finds it extraordinarily
difficult to cope with a complicated world characterised by difference and variety .
Once again it would appear that being a villain has more to do with a particular
attitude of mind rather than any particular power , or indeed any particular action .
To see the world and those within it as a thing to be made use 132 Heroes and ...
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