The Holden Caulfield By Harry Potter 's Severus Snape, And Neuromancer 's Henry Case All Share Something

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Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caulfield, Harry Potter’s Severus Snape, and Neuromancer’s Henry Case all share something in common—they are antiheroes. Merriam-Webster’s definition of an antihero is, “a protagonist or notable figure who is conspicuously lacking in heroic qualities” (Merriam-Webster). While that is the ‘dictionary definition,’ many authors have taken liberties in describing which “heroic qualities” are missing, and which traits are used instead (Merriam-Webster). Through a variety of works, authors portray the anti-hero as an unconventional protagonist who is lonesome and unorthodox, and who uses these characteristics to overcome obstacles, rather than succumb to them. Jessica Page Morrell, a writer for Writer’s Digest, depicts the antihero as “unorthodox and [one who] might flaunt laws or act in ways contract to society’s standards” (Morrell). She elaborates on the unique characteristics of the antihero, saying that antiheroes often show “society’s confusion and ambivalence about mortality” (Morrell). A resounding example of an antihero who fits these traits is Holden Caulfield, who is the prominent character of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. While he is the main character, he is portrayed as the protagonist, as opposed to the antagonist, because his personal idiosyncrasies show that although he is disparaging towards some, he is compassionate for others. His next-door roommate, Ackely, for instance, has few friends, but Holden tries to show…

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