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 ' ve killed in battle , man to man . . . but this is different . I always knew the
danger of berserker rages . . . what might happen if I ... I ' m gonna make ' em pay
, gonna kill . . . kill . . . 41 In one of the Batman ' s conflicts with the considerably
We can admit that we're killers but that we're not going to kill today, that's all it
takes, knowing that we're not going to kill . . . today.5 This of course returns us to
the Kantian notion of duty and 'ought' referred to back in Chapter Two.
We can admit that we ' re killers but that we ' re not going to kill today , that ' s all it
takes , knowing that we ' re not going to kill . . . today . 5 This of course returns us
to the Kantian notion of duty and ' ought referred to back in Chapter Two .
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