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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Throughout the course of this book we shall be considering the importance of the
imagination as a source of insight into ... provide us with a useful insight into the
values we consider important in any definition of what it means to be human .
Consider for a moment the dismissive ways in which imagination and related
terms such as speculation , story and myth are often dealt with in our culture : '
You just imagined it ' ' She has an over - active imagination ' ' That ' s just an
No , the one who lovingly forgets himself , forgets his own suffering to consider
another ' s misery , forgets what he himself loves in order lovingly to consider
another ' s loss , forgets his own advantage in order lovingly to look at another ' s
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