Read-A-Thon Hour 11, Mini Challenge #9

Welcome to hour 11!  I can’t believe that we’re almost to the halfway point!  Hopefully those of you following along haven’t gotten sick of us yet!  This hour’s mini challenge deals with a character you may or may not have thought a lot about: the anti-hero.

Ah, the anti-hero.  Lurking in the shadows, typically not caring about the spotlight, the anti-hero doesn’t care who he/she offends or who what laws he/she breaks in order to exact revenge or obtain a personal goal.  While all of us are familiar with a typical hero, swooping in to save the day, most of us overlook the general awesomeness of an anti-hero.  In this mini challenge we’ve been tasked with describing our favorite anti-heroes.  Kim and Todd will go first, then I’ll tell you my pick.  Without further ado, here they are:

Kim and Todd:  Our favorite anti-hero would have to be V from V for Vendetta. (Kim’s review is here)  A strong and mysterious character, V embodies all that is revenge and destruction.  Taking a page from the book of Guy Fawkes, V aims to destroy the government that has oppressed him for his entire life and enlighten the residents of post-apocalyptic Britain on exactly how little freedom that they have left since this government has taken over.  The best part of V’s character is that he unapologetically charges forward with his mission, not caring who he takes down in his quest to avenge the life he suffered at the hands of the government many years ago.  This is, we feel, the best part of an anti-hero.  While heroes may be concerned with acting as “the nice guy” throughout their work, the anti-hero can really get the job done without pomp and circumstance.

Adam: My favorite anti-hero seems to most to be pretty villainous, but I see some good in him despite some major flaws. The character is Stanley Kowalski from Tennessee Williams’ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire. He has some huge character flaws in that he’s loud, obnoxious, misogynistic, and extremely crude in the sense that he rapes his wife’s sister. However, he does have some redeeming qualities in the fact that he loves his wife and has a genuine affection for her and truly would do anything within his power to protect her.  Maybe I am basing this off of Marlon Brando’s performance of him, but I feel that he is able to bring a human level to this character as well as a likability to the character.  This makes him such an enigma of the character and despite his actions, you still want to like him.

Well, that’s all for now.  Stay tuned for hour 12 (the halfway point!)

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