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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I believe that what establishes someone as a hero or a villain and , more
importantly perhaps , what prompts us to define a person in either of these ways ,
can provide us with a useful insight into the values we consider important in any ...
... Summers 1981 – 2001 Devoted Sister Beloved Friend She Saved the World A
Lot The reference to her adventurous , world saving heroics is , I believe ,
deliberately understated as this is not , in the final analysis , what made her a
The rather glib suggestion that knowledge and truth should always be pursued is
one that , I believe , ought to be reconsidered . Hearing the truth is not always the
most helpful nor even the most humane course of action and there is , I would ...
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