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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... with fundamental existential and cosmological issues was taken for granted . It
was the period known as the Enlightenment which cast the greatest doubt upon
the relevance of imagination as a means of exploring the truth about reality .
exploring the truth about reality . We will therefore now consider how and why a
range of thinkers contributed to the overall suspicion with which the imagination
has been viewed within western culture particularly , but not exclusively , since ...
Their rights have their reality in their particular wills and the interest of each State
is its highest law . 22 Such a view , argues Russell , serves to justify ' every
internal tyranny and every external aggression that can possibly be imagined ' .
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