The popularity of superheroes in the modern era: a deconstruction of Spider-Man, the hero, his role and his enemies

Ward-Davies, Marcus (2007) The popularity of superheroes in the modern era: a deconstruction of Spider-Man, the hero, his role and his enemies. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation is aimed at examining the concept of the hero. I first set up what a hero is and then show how Spider-Man fits within this model, whilst at the same time challenges it. As a further investigation of the hero I look into the morality of such characters and ask why they are good. To round off my arguments I then look at, in opposition to the hero, the villain, once again questioning the dominant notions of such evil characters. I will specifically look at American literature/film to see how my chosen text of Spider- Man both conforms to and reworks the archetypes that went before. Using publications expressly about comic book heroes, I also link elements of psychology and philosophy to my arguments. I aim to show that while Spider-Man is a classic example of a hero, true to its comic book roots, it also involves itself with more weighty subject matters that go beyond what most people think comic books are about; revealing truths about human nature attractive to everyone.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/273

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