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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We see this potential danger in the Batman as he chooses between taking on the
role of hero or executioner and Spiderman as he chooses the path of hero over
celebrity . Ultimately it would seem that the hero , the person of power and ability
... over that friend . To repeat this information to others , either on a one to one
basis or publicly via an internet posting , would cause our friend pain and
anguish . To have knowledge of a person ' s fears and anxieties grants us the
potential to ...
However , it seems to me that a potentially greater evil arises out of the self -
isolation of an individual or group from the ... To see a certain social or racial
group as different from the rest of humanity is a dangerous and potentially bloody
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