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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alone and without help, engaged in a world for which I bear the whole
responsibility without being able, whatever I do, to tear myself away from this
responsibility for an instant . . . To make myself passive in the world, to refuse to
act upon ...
a whole culture , that they are on a self - harming and ultimately destructive
course is one thing , to actively restrain them by use of overwhelming force when
they fail to take the point is quite another . Occupancy of the so - called ' moral
Mike Alsford introduces us to a whole 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
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