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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To be surprised , even shocked by an encounter with the world is often a moment
of existential , character - transforming significance . It is also an exercise of the
imagination . As we shall see in subsequent chapters often the identification of a
As we have suggested , in our first encounter with the other the dominant
experience is one of alienation . The other conforms to the category of stranger .
Once we have assimilated the image of the other as a physical presence we are
It is this later relationship that prioritises the other and abandons the notions of
power and possession as modes of encounter with the world . This for Levinas is
the true basis for an authentic ethical response to the world . my duty to respond
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