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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9 As Campbell suggests , heroes and villains can present us with the challenge
to transformation , possibly enabling us to see ourselves and others in a new light
. The heroes and villains continually thrown up by human imagination can be ...
As strangers to the other we present only an image , a simulacra of a person . In
many respects this creation of a social image acts as an isolating armour in much
the same ways as does Doctor Doom ' s and Iron Man ' s referred to earlier .
While the Ring is clearly understood to be a weapon of incredible power –
certainly enough to overthrow Sauron and end the present war – the cost of
making use of such a resource is considered , by most , to be far too great . This
is made ...
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