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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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.
In Ruth Belville (National Maritime Museum, 2008), David Rooney's gripping read about the long lonely life of 'The Greenwich Time Lady', his anti-heroine outlasts automation by carrying a watch around London so that her customers can check they have the right time.
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.
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.
When we last saw Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), "Weeds'" sweet yet none-too-guileless pot-dealing anti-heroine, last season, her husband -- and protection from the law was dead, and she had a half-dozen automatic weapons from two separate angry gangs trained on her.
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.
Whether fighting with Lois Lane, luring Batman into a trap, cracking her bullwhip or simply looking stylish in skintight bondage gear, Catwoman's my kind of anti-heroine.
I say heroine here, but wonder if anti-heroine might not be a better way to describe this prodigal daughter.
Its anti-heroine is a fiercely independent packer in a cigarette factory.
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.