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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It is in this mode of existence in the world that the hero may be seen as taking on a divine quality in that God , certainly within the Christian tradition , is understood as creating and relating to a humanity endowed with freedom .
Freedom is something that we tend to value very highly whether it be political freedom or freedom of expression or freedom of choice , as a species we do not like to be caged or constrained . In theological circles , for example ...
Once again we would have to say that the unlimited freedom that Nietzsche preaches is the true destiny of humanity - the end of the process linking animal to Superman - and it is not without its appeal . Freedom is , as we have said ...
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