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

India Today - - SNAPSHOTS -

YOS­SAR­IAN,

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.

SEVERUS SNAPE,

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.

HOLDEN CAULFIELD,

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.

KARNA,

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.

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