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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Willow as she comes to terms with her unique power and its capacity to consume
her finally chooses to risk this possible fate for the sake of others . Xander , who
has his most obvious heroic moment when he confronts a Willow driven mad ...
FLASH : Now that the fighting ' s over , you finally came out of hiding , eh ?
PETER : You brainless loud - mouth ! You ' ve insulted me for the last time ! I ' m
gonna wipe that stupid leer off your face right now ! FLASH : Well , well ! So the
Whether it be Robin Hood finally thrusting his sword into Guy of Gisborn , or Van
Helsing finally staking Count Dracula , or Luke Skywalker destroying the evil
Emperor and his Death Star , or James Bond blowing up the villain in his secret
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