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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These anchor points provide us with a sense of structure to our lives by helping to
establish order and meaning and sense to our existence.3 By order, I have in
mind some notion of consistency, the belief that there is pattern and regularity to ...
4 He goes on to argue that the highest manifestation of knowledge is wisdom ,
that is to say , the quest for knowledge concerning the cause of all things , what
lies behind our immediate sense experience of the world . The interpretation ...
In this sense God is often understood as both epistemologically and ontologically
transcendent . This view , while not universally held even within the Christian
tradition , 3 is a function of the view that God created the cosmos as an entity ...
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