Severus Snape as an Anti-Hero: Snape displays many characteristics of being an anti-hero rather than a villain. He can also be associated as a Byronic Hero. A Byronic hero, unlike the villain is a type of anti-hero that originated during the romantic period. Typically characterised by an antisocial attitude, is usually dark, passionate, intelligent. Snape at many occasions has demonstrated his choice to truly belong to the good side still however he will never be qualified as a hero.
The play is consequently written not about the down fall of its hero but around the chronological stages by which Bolingbroke threatens, captures, and retains the crown. Throughout a tragedy play readers suffer with the hero and feel sympathy for the hero but it does not happen with Richard II. So the play cannot be claim as a tragedy. From the point of view of Harold Bloom, it can be mentioned that Richard II is not a character of a real tragic hero because of its having lack of the qualities of a tragic hero. In the same way he is an incomplete politician also.
In the play A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams the character Blanche Dubois shows the characteristics of a tragic hero. In the play, Blanche is tested by suffering, forcing her to face the consequences of her actions. Blanche has many tragic flaws that can be shown through symbolism and themes throughout the play. Aristotle states that the protagonist must be of noble character - defined not by birth but rather moral choice. Aristotle also felt the best type of a tragic hero will fall somewhere between the two extremes - “... a person who is neither perfect in virtue and justice, nor one who falls into misfortune through vice and depravity, but rather, one who succumbs through some miscalculation.” According to Aristotle the characteristics of a tragic hero are to provoke sad emotions, such as pity or fear, from the audience.
Jordan recognizes that he will not be able to live a long happy life with Maria and defeat the Fascist army. He understands that he will not be able to fulfill either of those fantasies. In this sense, Robert Jordan is not your typical 20th century hero. Generally, we think of heroes as someone or something that is greater than human, incapable of failure or death. Robert Jordan is not like that, he is capable of failure and capable of death, he is not greater than ourselves nor his environment; he is the perfect example of Northrop Frye’s “Low Mimetic Hero”, he represents “common humanity”.
Humbert Humbert and his Lolita, Dolores Haze, are incomparable characters that toy with the reader’s emotions and are the basis of this story. While questioning the author’s intention in creating such a wretched tale, I discovered that Vladimir Nabokov, himself states that the novel has no intended moral, it was just something he had to get off his chest. And that is perhaps the best evaluation I can offer, one should read Lolita not for is sexual and emotional rawness, the beautiful prose, or a good and honest cry, but because it is book without an intended moral. Books like these have no gray zone, no middle ground, the reader is forced to love it or hate
However, in dystopian novels while the world may start out as a utopian society, this genre of literature is typically categories by the main character(s) having a sort of realization as to how wrong the world is around them and that perfect is not a world they want to live in for some reason or another. Over the years, many authors have attempted to paint the picture of this type of society in their works, demonstrating time and time again why utopian societies and their restrictions cannot exist in a world. With this being said, perfection is not a concept that can ever be obtained in a world due to the contrasting
Montresor has nothing but evil intentions, not to care about health. This creates a rather unique point of view for the reader, to make the outlook of the character appear more sane at the time. Words such as “precious” almost further creates an underset tone. In The Tell-Tale Heart, the sanity of the narrator is questioned through the entire length of the story; however, the irony aids in showing the mindset of this character toward the end. "Villains!"
The idea that our actions could be meaningless is one that is not uncommon for one to ponder; though a troubling thought, it cannot be denied that once an individual is dead, their previous actions don't make any difference to things anymore. This idea is elaborated on by two great writers, William Shakespeare and T. S. Eliot. A universal theme about the futility of life is shared in Shakespeare's Hamlet and Eliot's The Wasteland. In Shakespeare's play, the main character, Hamlet, regularly has doubtful and somewhat nihilistic views on his life. He maintains that his life has no value throughout the play and contemplates suicide.
His interactions and conversations depict how different he is from the rest of the wealthy crowd, as he stands out among them due to their difference in morals. At Gatsby’s party, it seemed as though Nick was the only person with the decency to greet the host, “This is an unusual party for me. I haven’t even seen the host.” (47). Nobody knew where Gatsby was when Nick asked around, which shows that he was not as materialistic as the rest of the guests. Emphasizing their different values, Nick’s discomfort with meeting Myrtle for the first time showed through in an attempt to distance himself, ‘“Hold on,” I said, “I have to leave you here.” “No you don’t,” interposed Tom quickly.
Face the Reality, Macbeth is Not a Tragedy Although Macbeth is considered a Shakespearean Tragedy, the character himself seems far. from tragic. As defined, Macbeth would need to have a tragic flaw that eventually leads to his demise through his pride that causes a punishment he can not avoid. In this case, Macbeth would certainly be able to avoid it, for his hubris was not what ultimately lead to his death by the hand of Macduff. His ultimate failure was caused by elements of his gullibility, superstition, and hubris together.