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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"Manon" is a sensual tragic opera with a haunting score and mesmerising storyline and herein lies its essence; what makes the four-hour production so strong is the solid backbone of the plot, which charts the fall of lovely yet somewhat anti-heroine Manon.
Similarly divided between its married protagonists is "Gone Girl" (David Fincher's second "Girl" movie in a row, incidentally), whose gender politics have stirred no end of debate: Is Rosamund Pike playing a righteous anti-heroine or a freakish misogynist construct?
I sat absolutely spellbound throughout most of this movie, until I realized that there wouldn't be any salvation for Woody's Jasmine, or "Blanche,'' just as there was only pity left for Tennessee's anti-heroine.
It traces from start to finish the strange life of poor, plain Macabea--who our unnamed writer-narrator describes as being "cold coffee"--an unloved girl from Rio, a Brazilian anti-heroine. Macabea operates on a pure plane of existence, as one unaware of her own power to dismantle the master's house; for her, things simply are what they are, hence her glints of mysticism.
While one does come to care for young Margo, our anti-heroine, her character often seems inconsistent, frequently changing like the wind and the river." LARRY SMITH
Mukai discusses this painting in the context of the first image we have of Miriam Schaefer, the Jewish heroine or anti-heroine, depending on one's point of view, of the novel, in which she is mending a pair of gloves.
She's a gorgon, a she-devil, a demon!" That's the gleeful description of Kander and Ebb's anti-heroine offered by Frank Galati, who directs The Visit's much-delayed East Coast premiere May 13-June 22 at Signature Theatre Company in Arlington, Va.
Baumbach repeatedly sets up scenes so preposterously cruel that the audience is primed to laugh in relief, but he is too angry at his anti-heroine character to finish the jokes.
Although Cleo is the novel's narrative focus, West complements her anti-heroine's characterization with the depiction of two very different counterparts: Althea Binney, impoverished daughter of the Black Brahmin Binneys, and Lenore, the beautiful, wealthy gaming-house proprietor known as "The Duchess." (4) Through these women's interactions, West weaves, amidst the principal story of a woman's quest for power gone wrong, the subplot of a society's regulation of gender roles gone terribly right.
She has created a memorable persona in the anti-heroine Micky Knight.
In some cases, she evolves from a good pastoral heroine into an anti-heroine consumed by vengeance and nostalgia.