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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A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural
wonder : fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won :
the hero comes back from the mysterious adventure with the power to bestow ...
Comes. Great. Responsibility. Of the infinite desires of man , the chief are the
desires for power and glory . 1 To say that a hero has to wield power would seem
, on the face of it anyway , to be a rather obvious statement to make . What , after
I now see that taking on this responsibility was too ambitious for one man , even a
Superman . . . if there is a solution to the problem of hunger , it must be one that
comes from the compassionate heart of man and extends outward towards his ...
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