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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We understand something if we can ' grasp ' it ... But belief in creation only arrives at the understanding of creation when it recollects the alternative forms of meditative knowledge . ' We know to the extent to which we love ' ...
By the 1840s the German liberal Karl Bruggemann compared the essentially negative French understanding , as found in List , with the positive German ideal which spoke of the individual as free in matters of morals and epistemology - a ...
The understanding of the human condition that identifies morality with the exercise of the rational will over our baser instincts. Anakin Skywalker - portrayed within episodes one to three of the Star Wars saga is a different case to ...
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