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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The refusal to dominate as the primary mode of relating to the world is a
characteristic trait of the hero and this is often in the face of aggression and
abuse . Compare the attitude and behaviour of Peter Parker in the above quote
with that of the ...
... fear . . . aggression . The dark side of the Force are they . Easily they flow ,
quick to join you in a fight . If once you start down the dark path , forever will it
dominate your destiny , consume you it will , The Outsider : Heroes and
With each new act of availability , that is , with each new reciprocal
communication of an aspect of self which takes place between the self and the
other , there follows a reduction in the possibility of dominating power and an
increase in the ...
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