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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I have been a fan of heroic fiction in a variety of forms for as long as I can
remember , whether it was Robin Hood storming Nottingham castle with a smile
on his face , a sword in one hand and maid Marion tucked neatly under one arm ,
What actually makes Buffy such a classic solitary heroic figure is an interesting
issue not least because the nature of this heroic isolation , often while still in the
presence of her closest friends , is , I would suggest , completely familiar to us all .
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
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