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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BEN : ( in pain ) Need a minute . She could have killed me . GILES : No , she
couldn ' t , never , and sooner or later Glory will re - emerge and make Buffy pay
for that mercy and the world with her . Buffy even knows that and still she couldn '
Faith is accidentally activated as The Slayer when Buffy technically dies for a few
minutes at the end of Season One . Unlike Buffy , Faith appears supremely
confident , self - assured and self - contained , invulnerable in her own emotional
The hero is the one who returns to an alien infested space ship , set to self -
destruct in minutes , to save the cat . There is an existential immediacy about the
way in which the hero engages with the world . While concerns about humanity
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