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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Indeed , the opening chapter of the Gospel of John illustrates how even God is
now considered a stranger by us : ' He was in the world , and though the world
was made through him , the world did not recognise him . He came to that which
The other conforms to the category of stranger . Once we have assimilated the
image of the other as a physical presence we are then confronted by the
threatening mysteriousness of the stranger . The stranger is not mine nor is he or
she for ...
Although we may fear making ourselves too available to the other and thus
opening ourselves up to abuse , we cannot stop being ourselves no matter how
adept we might be at rendering ourselves unavailable to the stranger . We will ...
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