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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For me . In this Buffy expresses the very nature of the heroic as suggested in our
opening chapter . It is being in the world in a particular way that truly establishes
an heroic mode of existence . How we choose to live in a world which assails us
What ' s so heroic about stopping an armed robbery if your skin is bullet proof and
your strength is irresistible by any ordinary , or even extraordinary , street thug ?
12 We hear this argument put forward whenever the very rich give , what by ...
We are not always called upon to act heroically - even Superman simply gets on
with his job and hangs out with his friends sometimes – nor are we tempted to
constant villainy . Heroism and villainy are often only apparent in extremis , I
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