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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Persons , therefore , are not merely subjective ends whose existence as an
object of our actions has a value for us ... whether in your own person or in the
person of any other , never simply as a means , but always at the same time as
an end .
Similarly we would rather concentrate our attentions upon anything rather than
the other person : a newspaper or magazine , our mp3 player , the passing
scenery or even our footwear . As strangers to the other we present only an
image , a ...
For example , the person sitting next to me in the library would be unlikely to
approach me as a stranger and admit to a liking for science fiction literature for
fear that I might ridicule him for his interests , or simply reject this offering of
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