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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The operative words here for the moment are ' chosen one ' and ' alone ' , for
while Buffy surrounds herself with good friends who support her in her fight
against evil there is a very strong motif pursued throughout the series that she is ...
And give my love to my friends . ... Buffy episode we see Buffy ' s grave stone
which reads : Buffy Anne Summers 1981 – 2001 Devoted Sister Beloved Friend
She Saved the World A Lot The reference to her adventurous , world saving
friend with whom I can ' feel at home ' . This ' feeling at home ' with another
speaks ... There is a very real sense in which we are still potentially powerful , in
a dominant way , over our friends and they over us . Friendship always involves
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