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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Part of his motivation for this was to counter the subjective and rather negative
teachings of the so - called Sophists - the name given to a loose grouping of
popular travelling teachers . These Sophists opted , in the main , for a pragmatic ...
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 ...
We are not always called upon to act heroically - even Superman simply gets on
with his job and hangs out with his friends sometimes – nor are we tempted to
constant villainy . Heroism and villainy are often only apparent in extremis , I
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