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 Christian religion for example has long held that Jesus , far from being
simply a good example to follow , is nothing less than God in human form . The
Christian notion of incarnation speaks of a God who takes on the human
condition – as ...
22 For every hero who dons mask and cape and confronts the ranks of the
criminal underworld there are countless heroes who simply choose to get up and
go out into the world to encounter what it has to offer . For every hero who wields
stranger pick up some dropped items in the street , the villain may simply be the
individual who uses others for sexual gratification . Every day , and throughout
our entire lives we wake , we confront the world and we must ask ourselves :
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