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 ...
We like things to make sense , to have purpose . In spite of our alleged move towards the postmodern where relativity and subjectivity are prioritised over the modernist celebration of absolutism and objectivity we still wrinkle up our ...
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 ...
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