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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Its recognition of the limits of human reason and its identification of the world as
infinitely complex , thus defying reduction to a single explanatory story , or grand
narrative , provides us with an insight into the context of the truly heroic . The hero
So how does this work out in the context of international relations ? The notion of
a shared humanity or an absolute ethic , or even something more formal and
consensual such as international law , would seem to suggest that there are no ...
In this context Morris and Morris raise the point that the notion of the super - hero
might therefore be regarded as incoherent . The reasoning is simple . The more
powerful a person is , the less he or she would risk in fighting evil or helping ...
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