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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... establish the notion of a universe founded upon unchanging absolutes , what
he called Ideas or Forms . Part of his motivation for this was to counter the
subjective and rather negative teachings of the so - called Sophists - the name
given to ...
The universe was now being understood as a self - perpetuating mechanism ,
perhaps started by God , which could be understood completely if watched
carefully . It was a law abiding mechanism which ran consistently according to
laws such ...
They usually have as their primary goal power over others , world domination ,
control of the entire universe or , in some really ambitious instances , godhood .
Without exception this seems to be the case with the wide array of James Bond ...
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