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Antihero Definition

An antihero is referred as one of the main character in a story who lacks the distinctive heroic abilities of bravery, morality, courage, and the distinct ability and desire to achieve the greater good. Anti-hero is a literary device used by writers for a famous character in a play or book that has characteristics opposite to that of a conservative hero. A protagonist who lacks the characteristics that make a heroic figure, as dignity of spirit and mind, a life or assertiveness marked by action or purpose, and is usually respected for his bravery, strength, charm, creativity etc. while an anti-hero is normally clumsy, unskilled and unsolicited has both good and bad qualities. For these reasons, antiheroes tend to be more attention-grabbing, interesting and lovable characters. They appeal to the reader because we can relate and connect with them on a more human level.

The word antihero comes from Greek, where the word “anti” means “against” and the word “hero” means a “protector or defender.”

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