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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Much of the early series can be read as a metaphor for coping with adolescence
– dealing with the day - to - day horrors of school life such as making friends ,
establishing an identity , coping with a variety of emotions and handling success
is a part of Batman's special identity. . . 4 Perhaps the Joker's notion of 'one bad
day' does indeed make sense but so then does the idea of what you do with the
memory of that day That the Batman is often portrayed as being only a hair's ...
... results , derive from a radical inability to function in the everyday world - in
short , sketches of various types of madness . All Batman ' s most effective
scripters and artists have understood that madness is a part of Batman ' s special
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