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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But belief in creation only arrives at the understanding of creation when it
recollects the alternative forms of meditative knowledge . ' We know to the extent
to which we love ' , said Augustine . Through this form of astonished , wondering
Hitler was not primarily concerned with the creation of a new biological species ,
but rather with the creation of a new culture , an extension of the German cultural
ideal . Ernst Nolte points out that " To Villains , Monsters and Evil Masterminds ...
To create new values – that even the lion cannot yet accomplish but to create
itself freedom , for new creating - that can the might of the lion do . To create itself
freedom , and give a holy Nay even unto duty : for that , my brethren , there is
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