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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... collapse into paradox when even apparent powerlessness becomes powerful . ... good pictures and become rich , and of whom one succeeds in painting good ...
He refuses to become the thing he hates, a killer - as much as he might want to at times. Perhaps that is also at the heart of the heroic soul, ...
He refuses to become the thing he hates , a killer – as much as he might want to at times . Perhaps that is also at the heart of the heroic soul ...
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