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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The heroic character is as often as not cast in the role of an enlightening character , one who possesses either a specific body of information or general insight into the nature of the world which is used in some way to liberate others ...
Perhaps that is also at the heart of the heroic soul, the recognition that we are indeed potential killers and are fundamentally self-serving and antisocial but that we can choose not to give in to these character traits.
Richard Reynolds makes this point : What makes Batman so different from Superman is that his character is formed by confronting a world which refuses to make sense . His experiences might have taught him to be wholly cynical – yet he ...
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