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a protagonist who lacks the characteristics that would make him a hero (or her a heroine)

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Ironically, in a later chapter, Joseph Walderzak laments the fact that most studies of antiheroes do not investigate the genre's "ideological ramifications" (125) and instead merely recount "its recent historical development" (125).
Since they cannot accept an empowered, sexually free and self-initiating femininity, they can only dream of the dead women, who, by being voiceless, can fit the narrative of feminine dependence that these antiheroes require to feel justified in their masculinity.
In his case study of Sarah Linden, protagonist of The Killing (2011-2013), Joseph Walderzak provides a useful summary of the twentieth century's so-called crisis of masculinity, before moving on to argue that the male and female antiheroes reveal "a uniquely shared gender crisis" (127).
Ortolan Finistirre, contends the present climate may not be entirely right for true antiheroes.
The main characters of the biblical narratives are, for the most part, antiheroes, figures as riven and ambiguous as any Jack Nicholson character.
The problem with heroes is that they get lured so easily into the "little soul"; the advantage that antiheroes enjoy as they stand amidst the ruins of their egos is that they are opened to the "great soul.
Caine brings to the proceedings the full measure of desperation, honest venality and that peculiarly dry English variation of Catholic moral confusion we expect of the best Greene antiheroes.
Here the swindling tailors are forces of life, avatars of mobility, modern antiheroes, like Scapino or Figaro.
Singer-songwriter John Harlan has a frisky sense of humor about it all, too; the lonesome cowpoke antiheroes of ``Oklahoma'' and ``Good Ole Boy in Gomorrah'' know, at heart, that they're better off in weird L.
From shy, boy-next-door types to the earnest conscience of Capraesque optimism to the disturbed, damaged antiheroes of Hitchcock thrillers and Anthony Mann westerns, Stewart unerringly embodied the stages of modern man's emotional growth.