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Character Role Analysis

The Underground Man

Many have called the Underground Man one of the most influential "anti-heroes" in literature (here is one example). As a protagonist, he has all the qualities that a protagonist shouldn't have. He's weak, passive, and unattractive. Since Notes is considered a forerunner to existentialist literature, this fits the bill; anti-heroes were a key part of existential literature (think Meursault The Stranger by Camus, or anything written by Samuel Beckett).