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 we are driven to explore ourselves in the arts and sciences , through work
and play , through the way we engage with others and through introspection and
reflection we may never account for ourselves without remainder . Even those ...
That the world could be explored and indeed understood in this imaginative
mode was beyond question by those who ... known as the Enlightenment which
cast the greatest doubt upon the relevance of imagination as a means of
exploring the ...
A theme explored in R . Mayer , Super - Folks , Angus & Robertson , 1978 and
also Alan Moore ' s celebrated Watchmen , DC comics , 1986 , and in a much
lighter vein in the 2004 Pixar film The Incredibles . 44 . Miller et al . , Book 3 ,
1986 , p .
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