The Hero/Antihero Motif in Literature Analytical Essay by numero uno

The Hero/Antihero Motif in Literature
An analysis of "Hamlet" by Shakespeare as a method to portray the hero/antihero motif.
# 8378 | 2,750 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 04, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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This paper presents a detailed description of the hero/antihero motif used in literature. The writer uses the Shakespearean play, "Hamlet", as a backdrop to discuss the various aspects of the motif and to dissect its components.

From the Paper:

"Throughout literary history the hero motif has been used to portray a person of character and virtue. Famed playwright William Shakespeare used the theme of heroes for many of his productions. In Hamlet the hero aspect of the work is intricately woven throughout the story in a pattern that allows the reader to understand that heroes have human traits as well as the traits that make them heroes. Hamlet himself is the hero in the play named after his character while the Uncle is the anti-hero. The use of a hero and anti-hero allows for the conflict and struggle that makes the story interesting and the plot something to follow."

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