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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The plight of the good and the noble of Middle Earth - be they great elven lords or ordinary hobbit gardeners – seems all but beyond hope . Dark armies roam the lands murdering , pillaging and destroying . The evil of Sauron and his ...
Sadly it would seem , and all things being equal , humanity does tend towards the dark side . ... could be clearly and cogently expressed.15 It seems to me that a point is inevitably reached when an individual , or group of individuals ...
He falls into all the traps of expediency, use of the weapons of the enemy and the misuse of power that we have previously spoken of. Fear seems to play a significant part in making Anakin 126 Heroes and Villains.
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