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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Plato was well aware of the destructive potential of the Sophist ' s teachings and
thus taught that while the world that we perceive with our senses may very well
be shadowy and ultimately unreal , it is founded upon an eternal and absolute ...
11 Now consider what would happen if one of these cave dwellers were released
and permitted first to turn and gaze upon the fire itself and then ultimately be
guided out of the cave and into the sunlight . After a period of confusion and ...
Ultimately the process of signals and mutual exchanges of aspects of ourselves
gives way to free communion . At this point the careful attention to the balance of
power which characterises our preliminary interaction with the other is ...
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