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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when he confronts a Willow driven mad with power with nothing but his love for
her , is nonetheless at his most heroic when he explains that his true power is to
be out of the spotlight where he can better see and hear his friends ' needs .
When confronting such individuals or regimes it is hard to think of a response
short of physical force and restraint that might contain them . Just war In the so
called ' war against terror ' that followed on from the attack on the United States
on 11 ...
Every day , and throughout our entire lives we wake , we confront the world and
we must ask ourselves : Today , am I hero or villain ? 23 This is of course not to
say that these are the only two modes of being in the world . We are not always ...
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