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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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 ,
Mike Alsford. surprising then that the human capacity for the imaginative has
often been viewed with suspicion . Imagination is one of those human capacities ,
such as emotion and intuition , that while formally receiving rather a bad press in
The imagination . . . is a powerful agent for creating , as it were , a second nature
out of the material supplied to it by actual nature ' . This is why intelligence is not
necessarily the essential faculty of the critic when he sets out to encounter ...
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