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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Compare the attitude and behaviour of Peter Parker in the above quote with that of the super villain Kid Marvelman . In spite of his rather disarming name ...
Take as an example two of Marvel comics ' most enduring characters : the super hero Iron Man and the super villain Doctor Doom . Both of these characters ...
Super heroes need to stay above that stuff or Washington starts telling us who the super - villains are . AGENT HILL : I thought super - villains were guys ...
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