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principal character of a modern literary or dramatic work who lacks the attributes of the traditional protagonist or hero. The anti-hero's lack of courage, honesty, or grace, his weaknesses and confusion, often reflect modern man's ambivalence toward traditional moral and social virtues. Literary characters that can be considered anti-heroes are: Leopold Bloom in James Joyce's novel Ulysses (1922), Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman (1949), the bombardier Yossarian in Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22 (1961), and the protagonists of many of Philip Roth's and Kurt Vonnegut's novels.
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Joe, a bearded and ponytailed anti-hero, has been offered 50k to close the case and must hurt the people responsible
This paper examines how Ethan and Joel Coen utilise, explore and play with these characteristics of hero and anti-hero in three films--The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), The Big Lebowski (1998) and No Country for Old Men (2007).
A Woody Allen film starring Curb Your Enthusiasm anti-hero Larry David will be among the movies at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this year.
Roston sets about the business of showing that Greene's anti-hero, initially presented as unworthy and invariably thinking of himself as a social and spiritual failure, gradually and in spite of himself comes to convince the reader that he does indeed have a claim to heroic stature, at least the kind of heroism still possible in unheroic times, and one incidentally to be understood in religious and specifically Catholic terms.
ANTI-HERO Simon Pegg as Sidney and Kirsten Dunst as Alison in How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.
Conrad Guest has created a kind of anti-hero, a Bogey sort of tough guy, a man's man who I suspect, deep in his isolated, walled-in heart, would very much like to be understood, appreciated, and?
Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver has been voted the greatest anti-hero in movie history.
Sandford, best known for his Prey series, introduces a new anti-hero, Kidd.
I saw the first cast, led by Edward Cieslak as a rather tentative anti-hero (there were three rotating casts).
The book's anti-hero, Gordon Comstock, is a failed poet with a rotten attitude toward bourgeois society, working as a clerk in a mouldy used bookshop and cranking out essays of socialist criticism for a Marxist rag called The Antichrist.
Second, Morrall resists the temptation of constructing Breu as an anti-hero, as a kind of art historical Don Quixote, tilting simultaneously at the windmills of Renaissance genius and of current academic discourse.
The anti-hero is Mr Hell, who has yellow eyes, red skin and the unmistakeable tones of smooth talker Bob Monkhouse.