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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At a moment in history when natural science was in the ascendant and
confidence in the experimental method pioneered by ... According to Hume the
only reason that we identify something as a law of nature is because it has , so far
, always ...
God was replace with nature and Jesus was recast in the form of the doomed anti
- hero so beloved of romantic writers . The imagination was understood by the
majority , but interestingly not all , 22 of the romantics as the primary route to ...
Locke argues that in their natural state all human beings find themselves in a
state of perfect freedom to order their actions , and dispose of their possessions
and persons as they think fit , within the bounds of the law of Nature , without
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