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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Armour and isolation It seems to me that our experience of the other as stranger
is born , in part , out of fear : fear of , or at the very least anxiety over , the sin of
Cain , fear of the potential for violence and animosity inherent in the mysterious ...
32 Into the vacuum that is the stranger we empty our fears and mistrusts , casting
the other in the image of the predator who is out to consume us if once given
advantage over us . It is this fear which establishes estrangement as our primary
Although we may fear making ourselves too available to the other and thus
opening ourselves up to abuse , we cannot stop being ourselves no matter how
adept we might be at rendering ourselves unavailable to the stranger . We will ...
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