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Hardly Heroic: 3 Flagrantly Flawed Main Characters

Filed by KOSU News in Art & Life.
March 3, 2013

It feels so good to root for the golden-hearted guy. To imagine that in a crisis you’d be just like Harry Potter — noble, self-sacrificing, flaunting rules only in the service of Good. But most of us also harbor secret, selfish thoughts we’re certain Mother Teresa never had. Those failings are what make the morally flawed heroes of these books ring uncomfortably true. And if we, the reader, refuse to empathize with these very human characters, does that make us nobler than they, or merely self-delusional? [Copyright 2013 NPR]

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