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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passionate love , for example – it would be next to impossible to live our lives
with them around for too long . As Dr Seuss teaches us all too well , a visit from
the Cat in the Hat begins to lose its appeal when he starts juggling with your
The fact that nobody truly understands us is a source of anxiety that begins to hit
us in our early teens and which , while we learnt to cope with it , never really goes
away . Yet it is this very uniqueness , the fact that we are other than everything ...
... memory after twenty years and is reunited with his now highly successful
former partner but begins to sense that something is not right : MARVELMAN :
John , I listened to your story just now . . . rags to riches , redemption through
honest toil .
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