Sometimes a Great Notion Characters

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Hank Stamper

Hank is one of the two central characters in the novel, both of whom can be described as "anti-heroes." These types of characters are protagonists whose personalities are defined not only by more traditionally "heroic" traits such as loyalty, honesty, integrity, commitment and/or courage, but also by negative traits such as ruthlessness, aggression, selfishness, insensitivity and/or greed. Hank exhibits all these traits, both positive and negative. He displays the positive ones when it comes to his determination to follow through on his personal goals, which are in line with the traditional goals of his family. This is because his family and its goals are his central source of definition as a human being - it's important to note here that he lives in a house surrounded by family members, works with his family, socializes with his family, and does everything he...

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