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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Firstly, to discuss the significance of establishing a mode of behaviour in the
world. ... These anchor points provide us with a sense of structure to our lives by
helping to establish order and meaning and sense to our existence.3 By order, I
To do this I will be introducing philosophers such as Plato , Descartes and Kant ,
all of whom sought to establish an absolute and primarily rational perspective on
the world , implicitly ( at least ) throwing doubt on the role and value of ...
Questions such as the nature of violent aggression , the definition of human rights
, what constitutes legitimate authority , who is in a position to establish realistic
goals for armed conflict and where one draws the line between the civilian and ...
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