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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Secondly, in drawing primarily on fictional heroes and villains to stimulate these
discussions, we are making a sizeable claim for the relevance of the imagination
in exploring the human condition. For this reason we will spend some time ...
With this knowledge it has proved possible to condition whole cultures to accept
war and inhuman behaviour , as well as to direct individuals towards aberrant
behaviour and mindless consumption . Knowledge , in and of itself , can be ...
The understanding of the human condition that identifies morality with the
exercise of the rational will over our baser instincts. Anakin Skywalker - portrayed
within episodes one to three of the Star Wars saga is a different case to the
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