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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As we have seen , the extent to which we isolate ourselves from the world , the
nature of the barriers that we erect to protect ourselves from pain and harm may
be seen as having a direct influence upon our heroic or villainous tendencies .
A young woman who should have been saved from a life of prostitution by
George is now seen plying her trade outside of a local bar . The pharmacist who
was prevented by George from accidentally poisoning a customer due to a
Of course the notion of the will as something that might free us from the lawless
animal side of our nature is seen in a somewhat different way in the work of
Nietzsche who argues that it is precisely the will which frees the lawless animal
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