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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How do we decide how to live in it? ... These anchor points provide us with a
sense of structure to our lives by helping to establish order and meaning and
sense to our existence.3 By order, I have in mind some notion of consistency, the
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
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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