Definition of Anti-hero

Definition of Anti-hero - Definition of Antihero: I. An...

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Definition of Antihero: I. An anti-hero is the central character in a drama, film, or prose work who lacks traditional heroic qualities such as strength, bravery, resourcefulness, handsome appearance, and gallantry. In a word, an antihero lacks the conventional, ideal and idyllic qualities of the classic hero. 2. An antihero is more oflen than not a seriocomic., graceless figure and a failure, though an honorable one on many cases who èthbôdies an attitude of self-doubt, anguish, suspicion and distrust of the mainstream societal values and structures. Cervantes’ Don Quixote of the 17 centuiy,. Leopold Bloom in James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922), Meursault in Albert Carnus’ 77w Stranger (1942), Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (1949), and Yossarian in Joseph Heller’s novel Catcher- 22 , as well as Holden Caulfield in J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in Rye (1951) are among the antecedents of the antihero in literature. 3. An antihero, totally unlike a conventional hero, interests us with his essentially flawed
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course FLLT 321 taught by Professor Chen during the Fall '07 term at University of Delaware.

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