What is an anti-hero?
A central character in a story, movie, or drama who lacks conventional heroic attributes.
The above video states that heroes started out flawless and super,
slowly sinking with civilization into more and more flawed, weakened versions of themselves.
Take Captain Jack ...
see how despicable and flawed this modern hero is -- obviously an anti-hero!
Ah, can we say ... Sinbad the Sailor?
Go all the way back to Gilgamesh and Achilles ...
Gilgamesh's flaw is fear.
When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh grieves deeply and is horrified by the prospect of his own death.
"Enkidu has died. Must I die too? Must Gilgamesh be like that?" "Gilgamesh felt the fear of it in his belly."
His tragic flaw reminded me of Achilles, the valiant hero from the Iliad.
Although Achilles possesses superhuman strength, his tragic flaw was his heel,
which decided his fate and his death.
Gilgamesh is only strong because of Enkidu's faithfulness,
and he would have never succeeded in his quest on destroying Huwawa
or the Bull of Heaven without the help of Enkidu.
Think Sam and Frodo.
WHAT MAKES A HERO?
Not flaws, not vices ...
It is the Journey of Transformation
from one state to another where the character sees the world in a new light
and strives to live up to that light.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?