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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The scene from the final season episode ' Beneath You ' where Buffy confronts Spike in a church is particularly memorable : BUFFY : No more mind games Spike SPIKE : No more mind games . No more mind . BUFFY : Tell me what happened .
This brings to mind an observation made by the Utilitarian philosopher John Stuart Mill who makes the following point : All the grand sources , in short , of human suffering are in a great degree , many of them almost entirely ...
The impact of this upon human history manifests itself in the idea that the state or certain civilizations represent the almost incarnate manifestation of this absolute mind or spirit . Fichte , for example , absolutising the general ...
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