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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While there are many valuable and insightful things that may be said about being
human none of them ever comes close to exhausting the subject . While we are
driven to explore ourselves in the arts and sciences , through work and play ...
At the time of writing that piece , NATO ' s military action in former Yugoslavia was
drawing to a close , as I write this , American and British forces continue to be
heavily committed in the Gulf . Putting aside questions concerning the underlying
The hero is the one who turns back and waits for their injured friend knowing that
the hordes of the enemy are close on their heels , the one who stands alone on
the bridge barring the progress With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility ...
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