anti-hero

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anti-hero,

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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Vera, in fact, is the novel's prodigal daughter, bringing about anti-heroine Lilian's final willingness both to remain alone in Rio and possibly to see more of the artist and Don Juanish Julio Dalori, behind husband Fabio's back.
Like Dedee, the hard-bitten anti-heroine played by Christina Ricci in Roos's directorial debut, The Opposite of Sex, the 43-year-old filmmaker is unusually candid about human frailties--including his own.
The 28-year-old actress admits she originally wanted the role of Vanity Fair's gutsy anti-heroine Becky Sharp, whose mission in life is to bed and wed a wealthy man, in no particular order.
Anti-heroine June Kashpaw is wandering around the frozen streets of an off-reservation North Dakota town.
BloodRayne 2 challenges the supernatural anti-heroine with her most personal battle yet as she hunts down each of her wicked siblings who are carrying on the legacy of their dead father, Kagan.
Her anti-heroine Anne-Marie is a 23-year-old Londoner, confused about life, love and what it means to be a woman.
This is a very different proposition: the youthful exuberance and sassy wit of the characters in the earlier film has mouldered into weariness and cynicism here, embodied by a conniving anti-heroine who attempts to woo back her married high school sweetheart.
Fashion magazine assistant Betty (America Ferrara ) is something of an anti-heroine - with her thick specs, brace and frumpy clothes, she uses her brain and personality to get by in the shallow world of fashion.
Since the novel's anti-heroine is unabashedly self-absorbed and unsympathetic, convincing a reader to care for her is a true accomplishment.
Helen Fielding's blundering anti-heroine Bridget Jones captured the imagination of a whole generation and made it out of the pages of fiction and into popular culture.
THE irritating anti-heroine heads off to Cornwall in search of her unrequited love.
Blessed with the powers of a vampire but cursed with the unquenchable thirst for blood and a weakness to sunlight, BloodRayne 2 challenges the supernatural anti-heroine with her most personal battle yet as she hunts down each of her wicked siblings who are carrying on the legacy of their dead father, Kagan.