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 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 .
We will generally dress in a manner we find pleasing , we will read what we find
interesting , we will often be found in places which we find congenial indulging
ourselves in favourite pursuits . All these factors , and many others , may serve as
41 In one of the Batman ' s conflicts with the considerably more powerful
Superman he makes this interesting observation about why , even when under
the malevolent control of another , Superman will not hurt him : If Clark wanted to
, he ...
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