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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This theme comes to a powerful conclusion in the last series where Buffy
frequently makes this point in connection with her sole responsibility for the
deaths of those around her , but also in the way that the tradition of the solitary
Slayer is ...
35 Incidentally , the loss of one or both parents is as much a motif in the
contemporary heroic tradition as it has been in the classical mythological
traditions . the Batman , Superman , Spiderman , Doctor Doom , Frodo Baggins ,
Luke Skywalker ...
14 Nietzsche speaks of the need to escape from what he calls the ' morality of
custom ' , a slavish acquiescence to the status quo and standards of behaviour
established and enforced by the pressure of consensus and the weight of
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