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 , the
character of Kid Marvelman is a chilling example of the villain ' s total disregard
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 are
scientific geniuses , both have suffered severe physical damage and both have ...
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 in masks
who refused to obey the law . 51 As we have seen , the extent to which we 60 ...
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