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aristotelian tragic hero
larger than life, good, fatal flaw, arrogant which causes error in judgment, brings about own downfall, moment of epiphany, ex oedipus
classical hero
macbeth, hamlet
variation of tragic hero
romantic hero
larger than life, charismatic, air of mystery, "saves the day," embodies freedom, adventure, idealism, ex. robin hood, james bond
Modern Hero
has human weaknesses, caught in ironies of human condition, struggles for insight. ex. willy loman, tom joad
Hemingway hero
brave, endures, maintains sense of humor, exhibits grace under pressure
antihero
protagonist is notably lacking heroic qualities
epistolary
letter writing
picaresque
misadventures of a young rogue
autobiographical
allows reader to directly interact with protaganist
gothic
macabre, supernatural, exotic
historical
grounded in real context. relies heavily on setting and factual detail
romantic
idealistic, imagniative, adventruesome. romantic hero is cornerstone of novel
allegorical
repersentitive and symbolic. operates on two levels. specifics correspond to another concept
mythological allusions
cite specific examples from greek mythology
biblical allusions
circumstances of bible (mark of cain, fall from paradise, job, etc)
literary allusions
refer to other well known works
political allusions
refer to current or historical events and politics (julius ceaser)
historical allusions
refer to major historical events (napoleon, nixon and watergate)
contemporary allusions
"valley girls" or "beavis and butthead" do not remain in vogue. lose effectiveness
sardonic
sarcastic
vituperative
strong blame/insult
facetious
playful, mocking w/o insult
pedantic
preachy
didactic
preachy
laudatory
praising
lugubrious
lazy, saddened, dejected, sick
elegiac
praise in mourning for someone gone
maudlin
cliche, overdone
jingoistic
overly political, extremely patriotic
literal level of interpretation
what literally happens in the book
social level of interpretation
role of women in society, male domination, etc
psychological level of interpretation
descent into madness, reasons for human behavior
religious level of interpretation
loss of soul to temptation, devil, inspriration of godliness, etc
sexual level of interpretation
gender issues, electra complex, phallic symbols, abortion, homosexuality, love triangles
political level of interpretation
treatise on socialism, atttack on capitalitism, pays homage to marx, etc