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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synthesis is achieved which then goes on to become a new thesis , and thus the
process begins again . To encounter the alienness of the world , the otherness of
the people that inhabit it , and the surprising often disconcerting facets of our ...
... that with increasing social mobility , social continuity begins to collapse ,
traditions to be lost . Individuals ' become accustomed to considering themselves
always in isolation , they freely imagine that their destiny is entirely in their own
... origin Batman Begins , 20 there is a significant incarnational moment when
Bruce Wayne realises that by virtue of his privilege and wealth he is too distant
from the needs of ordinary people and also too removed from the criminal
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