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main character in a narrative or dramatic work. As stated by J.A Cuddon Dictiionary of Literary Terms pg. 406 Often referred to as a " Protagonist". The hero in a dramatic work can cause much criticism due to the expectations of the reader that the character may be superior or display likeable qualities. For example In "Yellow Woman, a shart narrative by Leslie Marmon Silko, the expectations of the Indian woman to remain faithful to her husband and not have an affair with a stranger, thus resulting in mixed emotions by the reader. When the expectations of the reader be disappointed the character the " Protagonist" will in lamens terms be referred to as the ant-heroine.
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"The central character (masculine or feminine) in a work. The character who is the focus of interest" (Harmon & Holman 246).
- A hero traditionally has positive qualities such as high ethical standards, commitment to duty, perseverance, and courage. An antihero possesses negative qualities such as cowardice and dishonesty.
- "In criticism the terms carry no connotations of virtuousness or honour" (Cuddon 406).
- "An evil man or a wicked woman may be the central characters, like Macbeth and Lady Macbeth" (Cuddon 406).
See also: heroic ideal.
- Harmon, William and Holman,C. Hugh. A Handbook to Literature. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall., 1996.
- Cuddon, John Anthony. A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory. 3rd ed. Worcester, Great Britain: Billings & Sons Ltd., 1991.
- Harris, Robert. "Homepage." Virtual Salt. 2 Jan 2002. 10 Feb. 2006.