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 suspect that Job in the Hebrew scriptures had exactly that look on his face while
he was trying to figure out why God was being so nasty to him . All his friends
kept assuring him that his sufferings only made sense if he had sinned and upset
We ' ve always been criminals . We have to be criminals . ' We almost threw a
party when you retired . By then the PBI was into it and things were getting out of
hand . . . Do you remember why you retired , Bruce ? NO . . . just look at you . . .
CLARENCE : Now look , you mustn ' t talk like that . I won ' t get my wings with
that attitude . You just don ' t know all that you ' ve done . If it hadn ' t been for you .
. . GEORGE : Yeah , if it hadn ' t been for me , everybody ' d be a lot better off .
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