Anti-Heroism

Anti-Heroism

Bloom, Leopold
his ineffectual wandering about Dublin is contrasted with Ulysses’ epic adventures. [Irish Lit.: James Joyce Ulysses in Magill I, 1040]
Bluntschli, Capt
. Swiss officer prefers eating chocolates and making love to fighting. [Br. Drama: Shaw Arms and the Man in Benét, 51]
Brown, Charlie
bumbling boy with low self-esteem. [Comics: “Peanuts” in Horn, 542–543]
Cooke, Ebenezer
his every move denies all things heroic. [Am. Lit.: The Sot-Weed Factor]
Hoover, Dwayne
materially successful car dealer whose only friend is his dog. [Am. Lit.: Breakfast of Champions]
Meursault
the 20th-century indifferent man to whom things happen because he allows them to. [Fr. Lit.: Camus The Stranger in Weiss, 445]
Rosewater, Eliot
unemployed heir who spends day buying drinks for volunteer firemen. [Am. Lit.: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater]
Spade, Sam
semi-literate, tough-talking private eye; lacks culture. [Am. Lit.: The Maltese Falcon]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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