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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While Bacon had in mind knowledge of the natural world providing us with
increased technological mastery over our environment , the free flow of
information via the internet has made it possible to deploy considerable
economic , political and ...
The uniformity that comes with an empire , with its hierarchy culminating in a
supreme ruler , makes it an ideal environment for the villain . The Doctor ' s long -
time enemy , the Daleks , represent one of the starkest manifestations of the
... path of an oncoming tank , for a corporation to decide that it will only ' trade
fairly ' in the world market place and for a government to make a commitment to
radical environmental policies all of these things could well be considered heroic
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