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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... as Campbell observes in the myth of Theseus ' s encounter with the monstrous
Minotaur in the labyrinth , they might be simple ones : Adriane , the daughter of
King Minos , fell in love with the handsome Theseus . . . [ and ] turned for help ...
R . H . Murray has highlighted the way in which Fichte took the lawgiver of
Rousseau and turned him into Nietzsche ' s Superman : Anticipating both Carlyle
and Nietzsche , Fichte writes : ' To compel man to adopt the rightful form of ...
Wordsworth , W . , ' The Tables Turned ' , see www . bartleby . com / 145 / ww134
. html 25 . Cf . for example Jean Baudrillard ' s work on Simulacra particularly in
Simulacra and Simulation , University of Michigan Press , 1994 . Chapter Two ...
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