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 quest for meaning is equally significant to our existence , the sheer fact of a
thing is seldom sufficient for us . That a thing is is rarely as important as why a
thing is . Even very young children do not put up with “ just because ' for long ,
It follows that anything not open to our senses cannot be dealt with in this way
and thus is not , according to Kant , real knowledge – clearly a significant threat to
religious epistemology . Of course , while Kant saw this as a way of avoiding ...
... easily manipulated and corrupted. 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
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