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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At a moment in history when natural science was in the ascendant and confidence in the experimental method pioneered by Francis Bacon was riding high , Hume threw a sceptical spanner in the works by arguing that the so - called laws of ...
I wonder how often two parents stage the Superman / Batman struggle as one argues for the deployment of parental power only as sanctioned and requested by the child , while the other argues that it is in the child's best interest to be ...
As Star Trek's Captain Kirk argues in the classic series episode A Taste of Armageddon: ANAN7: There can be no peace, don't you see, we've admitted it to ourselves. We're a killer species, it's instinctive! It's the same with you .
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