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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Now while this might sound ridiculously harsh it could be argued that as we
cannot predict the future we cannot know what the eventual outcome of any
course of action might be . To lie to the axe - man might very well lead to him
... for her future happiness , for her husband ' s happiness and for the good of the
anti - Nazi resistance that Victor helps lead , he commits an act of heroism which ,
in my view , ranks alongside Luke Skywalker ' s blowing up of the evil Empire ...
We have spoken of those whose lives have been scarred by personal tragedy
and who have allowed this event to shape their future behaviour , to define them
as particular kinds of heroes or villains . To a significant , albeit simplistic , extent
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