6 MEMORABLE ANTI- HEROES IN POPULAR CULTURE
They may not have heroic deeds or glowing tales of courage to their credit, but we adore them all the same because they are flawed and human, just like us. By Supriya Sharma
Catch- 22 Joseph Heller’s bombardier turns the war soldier stereotype on its head. He does not see any glory in war, does not want to fight or die, fakes an illness to hide in a hospital and deserts his battalion at the end to survive.
Harry Potter Series The potions master at Hogwarts has all the makings of a great villain. He is cruel, malicious and overbearing. He remains most despised till the very end when we discover that the tormented wizard did actually possess a heart.
SCARLETT O’ HARA,
Gone With The Wind Everything is fair in love and war. No character in literature illustrates this better than Katie Scarlett O’ Hara. The quintessential survivor, she will stop at nothing to get her way.
THE WHISKY PRIEST,
The Power and The Glory An alcoholic ridden with guilt and love for his illegitimate child, the whisky priest hardly makes for an ideal man. As authorities hunt down priests in the Mexico of 1930s, he plays the role thrust on him with much reluctance, choosing duty over life at the end.
Catcher In The Rye The 17- year- old hates everything phoney. In short he hates the world. As he struggles to make sense of the world around, Holden represents the angst and disillusionment every teenager experiences at some point.
Mahabharata Discriminated against by a society that rewards birth over merit, Karna’s attempts to seek glory are frustrated by his low caste. Though his grievances are justified, his impulsive nature often leads him astray. As cruel as he is kind, he remains a paradox until the very end.