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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To make myself passive in the world, to refuse to act upon things and upon
Others is still to choose myself, and suicide is one mode among others of being-
in-the-world.5 Rather dark perhaps but a valuable observation for all that.
32 Francis Bacon ' s justly famous observation that knowledge is power has
never been more relevant than it is today . While Bacon had in mind knowledge
of the natural world providing us with increased technological mastery over our ...
... a hair's breadth from the dark side is a commonplace observation and one that
is fairly easy to demonstrate and even to accept. Yet the point is he manages to
master that tragic moment when he saw his parents gunned down on the street.
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