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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... a sword in one hand and maid Marion tucked neatly under one arm , or Luke
Skywalker invading the Death Star with a smile on his face , a light saber in one
hand and Princess Leia tucked neatly under one arm , or Spiderman invading the
What we shall do next , by way of preparation for a consideration of heroic and
villainous images is to consider why imagery and imagination have ,
paradoxically , been viewed with , on the one hand , suspicion , and , on the other
hand , as ...
As with Buffy ' s previous lover Angel , another vicious vampire who has his soul
returned as a punishment , the possession of a soul appears to go hand in hand
with a sense of responsibility and conscience . Both Angel and Spike , once ...
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