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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However the the reasons for doing so will vary widely from person to person ,
depending upon the kind of reference points which make up one ' s existential
map . If one has a set of values that prioritises others , considers human beings ,
... be on a spiritual mission or holy crusade . Indeed , it is not just evil political or
military despots who are susceptible to this kind of thinking , it has proved to be a
problem for many high minded and otherwise virtuous philosophers , particularly
1 Throughout this book we have encountered heroes and villains of all kinds with
all manner of powers and motivations . There are those with paranormal abilities ,
which they choose to use for good or ill , for themselves exclusively or for ...
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