What Are Anti-Heroes Shaping What We Are Today?

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Why are the characters in TV shows and movies we love most are the ones with fatal flaws? The antihero’s journey offers more possibility for humour than the classic hero’s.

Words by Chloe Sestero

T hink about your favourite TV show. Think about your favourite character. Is he self-centred? Does he lack in heroic qualities? Selfishness and bitterness is a part of humanity and we are more sympathetic to the choices that a character makes on a TV show and movies as we share the same qualities and traits. The qualities that make up an anti-hero are; selfishness, bitterness and show negative behaviours. The anti-hero, becoming an increasingly popular device in modern literature and film while each
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Gru, voiced by Steve Carell displays the qualities and traits of an anti-hero because at the start of the film, Gru was a sneaky and considerably cold-hearted man, who was determined to become greatest villain of all times. He showed a dislike of children, and was easily with the three girls; Agnes, Edith and Margo. He was selfish and only adopted them for his grand scheme. When Edith was trapped in a spiked coffin and he presumed she was dead, he then said his plan would not work.

At the start of the film, Gru was a sneaky and somewhat cold-hearted man, who was determined to become the greatest villian of all time. He shiwed a dislike to children, as he was easily irrated by the three girls. He was selfish because at first he only adopted the three girls so that he could get the shrink ray to steal the moon. He was also rather indifferent to their needs and welfare; for example when Edith was trapped in a spiked coffin, he presumed she was dead, he indifferently said that now his plan wont work with only two children. Gru was also rather cruel and even sadistic at first, shown when he enjoyed using his shrink ray just to freeze people for the sake of it. Near the beginning of the film he made a balloon animal for a boy whod dropped his icecream and then he popped the balloon for his own amusement. When victor kidhapped his adopted girls he furiously told him that he was upset. Despite these traits, Gru was shown to be good friends with Dr. Nefario and treated the minions well, by interacting with them and called each one by their name, instead of treating them like slaves. As time went on, Gru started to enjoy spending time with his three adopted daughters and in the end he grew to genuinely love them, by putting aside his dreams of stealing the
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