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Anti-Heroes

Posted: March 16, 2022 in Uncategorized

I really do not like antiheroes. I was starting to think I was the only one, but as part of my research for an upcoming project, I started to read Walking on Water by Madeleine L’engle and she laid out what I have been thinking. Here’s what she had to say:

“Children don’t like antiheroes. Neither do I. I don’t think many people do, despite the proliferation of novels in the past few decades with antiheroes for protagonists. I think we all want to be able to identify with the major character in a book—to live, suffer, dream, and grow through vicarious experience. I need to be able to admire the protagonist despite his faults and so be given a glimpse of my own potential.”

and then she laid out more.

“We don’t want to feel less when we have finished a book; we want to feel that new possibilities of being have been opened to us. We don’t want to close a book with a sense that life is totally unfair and that there is no light in the darkness; we want to feel that we have been given illumination.”

I am loving this book and I completely resonate with her thoughts on this. We really don’t need any anti-heroes. Rather we should step up and be heroes representing the ultimate Hero!