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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where issues concerning humanness can be considered from a perhaps
unfamiliar angle . I am equally concerned that this space should be an
interdisciplinary one , one in which the issues are raised by familiar cultural
images but may be ...
Preface Elsewhere I have spoken of creating an interdisciplinary exploratory
space within which to raise and discuss a variety of issues relating to the human
condition . 1 In this book I am committed to the same endeavour . What I mean by
... to force their aid upon others , on the dangerous assumption that they know
better , or to stand back and respect the others ' free will come what may .
Elsewhere I have considered the political out - workings of this issue drawing on
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