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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Can we rest ? Spike's desire for Buffy - ultimately resulting in his attempted rape of her – forces him to realise the distinction between desire , and the attendant need to control through possession and violence , and love .
Unlike Tony , Stark Doom , who was an arrogant and bitter man at best , responds to his accident by turning in on himself and shunning the rest of humanity : My face no other eyes must ever gaze upon it !! I'll hide from the sight of ...
... perhaps even unjust action towards others more palatable to the general populous . However , it seems to me that a potentially greater evil arises out of the self - isolation of an individual or group from the rest of the world .
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