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  1. When the main character is deeply flawed, lacking in the attributes we most often associate with heroism, we have the anti-hero. The anti-hero is often a reluctant hero who does not consider himself capable of accomplishing the goal. Characterization: Anti-Hero

  2. He or she might be selfish, addicted, corrupt, sullen or disaffected. The Antihero is someone with some of the qualities of a villain, up to and including brutality, cynicism, and ruthlessness, but with the soul or motivations of a more conventional Hero. Anti-hero

  3. Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn was a self-described rascal, causing all manner of trouble and even committing the then-crime of helping Jim, the runaway slave. Holden Caulfield, the anti-poster-boy of Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, flirts with criminal behavior and is both self-absorbed and depressed. Yet his frank portrait of adolescence resonates with many people, Examples: Anti-hero

  4. Usually (not always) the main character or protagonist Sets a moral example Great strength, courage, wisdom Faced with obstacles to overcome Pure of heart, good intentions Hero

  5. The protagonist is the main character in a story, novel, drama, or other literary work, the character that the reader or audience empathizes with. In the most narratives, this boils down to bad guy vs. good guy: Luke Skywalker versus Darth Vadar in the first Star Wars movie, for instance. Protagonist

  6. Where the “good guy vs. bad guy” rule does NOT apply is when the protagonist is an antihero Sometimes the main character is almost unlikeable, flawed, or immoral. Protagonist is more about “main character” than it is about “good guy” Protagonist continued

  7. The principal character in opposition to the protagonist or hero of a narrative or drama The antagonist in a work of fiction is the character who opposes the hero, or protagonist. The antagonist, when there is one, provides the story's conflict. Antagonist

  8. A herotraditionally has positive qualities such as high ethical standards, commitment to duty, perseverance, and courage. Anantiheropossesses negative qualities such as cowardice and dishonesty.Protagonistis a neutral term denoting simply the main character of a work. Antagonist is the character who opposes the protagonist and creates the conflict. Let’s review