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 hero is often left with two choices ; to force their aid upon others , on the
dangerous assumption that they know better , or to stand back and respect the
others ' free will come what may . Elsewhere I have considered the political out ...
The self - lover is busy , he shrieks and shouts , and stands for his rights in order
to make certain of not being forgotten – and ... To be heroic may mean nothing
more than this then , to stand in the face of the status quo , in the face of an easy ...
but just that one is willing to stand . In this context Morris and Morris raise the
point that the notion of the super - hero might therefore be regarded as
incoherent . The reasoning is simple . The more powerful a person is , the less he
or she ...
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