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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20 A similar distinction between the hero and the villain is made throughout
George Lucas ' Star Wars saga , where the Force - a semi - divine power – is split
into two manifestations , the dark side and the light side . In the film The Empire ...
LUKE : But how am I to know the good side from the bad ? YODA : You will know
. When you are calm , at peace . Passive . A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge
and defence , never for attack . 21 The villain coerces , imposes and seeks to ...
... an ill - defined cosmic energy that is generated by all life in the universe and
which can be called upon to serve specially trained individuals – principally the
Jedi Knights . The Force has two aspects , a dark and a light side . As we saw in
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