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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speaks of sin and its ultimate end in death in terms of relationlessness . He writes
: death is the consequence of man ' s pernicious drive toward this
relationlessness . Man ' s disastrous urge towards the deadliness of
relationlessness stands in ...
Similarly , there may very well be situations that confront us that are beyond our
powers to deal with . Spiderman , for example , could not save his first love from
death at the hands of the Green Goblin ; the Batman couldn ' t save Jason Todd ...
Pan , 1969 Holdstock , R . , Mythago Wood , Gollancz , 1984 Horn , M . , The
World Encyclopedia of Comics , Chelsea House , 1999 Jungel , E . , Death ; the
Riddle and the Mystery , Westminster Press , 1974 Kant , Immanuel , Groundwork
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