"Antihero" Essays and Research Papers

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The qualities expressed by an antihero are opposite of those expressed by a true hero. Where a true hero is brave and resourceful, an antihero (also spelled anti-hero) is weak and limited. Where a hero is personable and honest, an antihero may be annoying and manipulative. A hero succeeds in his quest through virtue and valor and the help of friends. An antihero may succeed or he may fail. He is often alone but, when he has friends, his friends are of the ignoble sort. The list of qualities and antithetical...

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An Analysis on Antiheros in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Diablo Cody’s Juno and the Preservation of Childhood Innocence

An archetypal hero is respected for their good moral character, maturity, and courage. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Diablo Cody’s Juno there are excellent examples of antiheros, characters who lack heroic qualities, but are still considered to be protagonists. J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye features Holden Caulfield, a sixteen year old teenager from New York, who has been expelled from school multiple times. Holden deals with the phoniness of his classmates, roommates, and...

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Villain Today; Hero Tomorrow: Prospero Character Analysis

Hoang 1 Hoang 2 Hoang 3 Lauren Hoang Mr. Hudson English I-C 19 March, 2014 Villain Today; Hero Tomorrow In Shakespeare's _The Tempest_, the enigmatic antihero Prospero walks a fine line between sympathetic and dislikeable. An antihero is a central character in a story, movie, or drama that lacks conventional heroic attributes. Prospero possesses qualities normally not ascribed to the conventional good-guy, such as hypocrisy and selfishness, but also displays more human and identifiable traits...

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Examples Of Outlaw Heroes

attract Americans causing them to not be as popular. Laura Bennett claims Anti-heroes are “hot”, yet she recognizes anti-hero as a buzzword. She states “the result is a narrowness of interpretation, a critical culture of shortcuts. If Yunior is an antihero and Ryan Gosling is a manic pixie dream guy, it’s probably time to retire these phrases for good” (473). Bennett recognizes that some of these characters are forced into categories such as anti-heroes, this also gives the illusion of anti-hero popularity...

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The Kite Runner

mostly near the second half of the novel when he risks is own safety to return to Afghanistan to aid his father’s sick friend, or when he selflessly gives Wahid’s children money and his own watch. On the other hand Amir also plays the role of Antihero. Antihero is defined as “a main character in a dramatic or narrative work who is characterized by a lack of traditional heroic qualities, such as idealism or courage.” Antiheroic traits are also portrayed in this novel by Amir when he does not stand up...

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Breaking Bad Why Are Audiences Attracted to Anti Heros?

them to be punished for their actions, what makes us keep watching is the thrill of our antihero getting away with it each time, as an audience watching that’s the hook that keep us watching and wanting more. Another article from writing the antihero and making your audience love him suggests that “We want this bad guy to succeed because we are secretly angry too, but we can’t do anything about it the antihero makes us feel like something right is being done to equalize things, even if it is wrong...

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Anti-Heroes Are What We Want

downright evil and is more flawed than other characters. They magnify the frailties of humanity and they may be a badass or a screw up. According to Stephen Garrett’s article, Why We Love TV’s Antihero, “It appears that no one on TV can be truly good or evil anymore, we’re suffering from what is called an antihero overload. It’s starting to seem like the bad guys are the only good guys” (Garrett, pg.320). Garrett also says the classic heroes of old like Superman no longer fit society’s purpose and...

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

the meeting which does not bring a good image of her. Also, when Mrs. Hutchinson’s name is drawn, she disputes the decision with weak arguments. She does not accept her fate, and she seems to be very afraid. This lack of bravery conveys a certain antihero status which completely differs from Trevor in “The Destructors.“ Another important factor to analyse is the opinions of these main characters and how they express them. In the “The Destructors,“ Trevor has strong opinions. He intends to break...

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Rustico and Alibech Characters

the story because he is the one who tell Alibech to put the devil in hell. 3. Neerbale A young man, who squandered away all of his money. He is the one who retrieve Alibech and brought her back to Capsa. He became the husband of Alibech. ANTIHERO because he found out that Alibech is still alive and he wants to marry her for the heirs of Alibech. He has no money because spent all of his money in riotous living. or FLAT CHARACTER because there are no any changes with his character and it...

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which is God. Milton’s attempts to concentrate evil in Satan, however, were not very successful. There have even been claims that Satan is superior in character to Milton’s God. The critics are divided on the question whether Satan is a hero or an antihero: the anti-Satanist movement emphasises Satan’s selfishness or folly while Satanists highly praise his courage and determination. The present paper aims at demonstrating that Milton’s Satan is a multifaceted presence, often contradictory, both a...

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