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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Indeed , it seems to me that this is the very hallmark of the hero , to engage with
life in all its messy multifacetedness , to recognise that the world cannot be made
right simply by following a formula or a procedure . That nebulous intellectual ...
The Outsider : Heroes and Otherness One of the characteristic marks of the hero
is what we might call their transcendental status . That is to say the hero , while in
a very real sense being part of the world and caught up in the human condition ...
Of course, typically, the hero is not one who is characterised by inactivity and lack
of involvement in the world. More often than not the heroic deployment of power
is both proactive and clearly focused. Heroes - and villains for that matter - are a ...
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