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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passionate love , for example – it would be next to impossible to live our lives
with them around for too long . As Dr Seuss teaches us all too well , a visit from
the Cat in the Hat begins to lose its appeal when he starts juggling with your
Religions , ideologies , people and activities often serve to provide us with a kind
of existential map , an overlay of principles , values and priorities which allow us
to make judgements concerning the direction that our lives should take . Having ...
take responsibility for their own lives and make their own mistakes , this is a hard
thing . It seems to me that just as with the Batman , the temptation is always there
to return , to look upon the mess that our loved ones may be making of their ...
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