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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A belief in order and routine, no matter how dull these words might initially sound,
is essential to human existence. While chaos and disorder might very well be fun
and stimulating to entertain once in a while - wild parties, holiday impulses, ...
Once we have assimilated the image of the other as a physical presence we are
then confronted by the threatening mysteriousness of the stranger . The stranger
is not mine nor is he or she for me , there is no availability involved in the other ...
eventually the bestial Hyde manages to free himself without Jekyll ' s aid . Indeed
, it seems to be a motif in literature and film that the beast always finds a way to
escape and that it cannot be controlled , short of its destruction , once released .
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