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6 Characters Who Make Us Cringe

Most literary characters are generally written in a style that allows readers to develop an emotional attachment. Then, there are some that readers are forced to root against because of their frustrating decisions or character traits. To us, those characters make us cringe – here are six of them. 

1. Daisy Buchanan

The Great Gatsby heroine is beautiful…and not much else. She is seen as being childlike, although there’s always the underlying idea that there may be much to her flat personality. Every decision she makes backfires, from cheating on her husband to committing murder, each time using her mystique to stay out of the line of fire.

 

2. Holden Caulfield

Holden Caulfield

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The anti-hero of The Catcher in the Rye is a “take it or leave it” kind of character. To some, he is enlightened about the world around him, understanding of the fact that everything is a “phony” ruse. To others, his inability to forge real connections to the world – or even try – creates a cringeworthy sense of resentment towards the path society has chosen to take.

 

3. Patrick Bateman

There’s nothing that doesn’t make a reader squirm about the American Psycho victim. He’s living a double-life as a sadistic serial killer. If that isn’t bad enough, he’s also a Wall Street investment banker who prizes wealth and materials over the people in his life. Greed, sex, drugs – not the most likeable character of all-time.

 

4. Anna Karenina

Anna has no luck in her titular novel. Her relationship woes are well-documented with jealousy and lust tearing apart everything she ever wanted until she eventually takes her own life. A tragic ending to a cringy story.

 

5. Miss Trunchbull

This woman was straight up nasty. She made Matilda and her friends suffer, from locking them in a sadistic closet to making the students feel like idiots…in a place of learning! Miss Trunchbull needs to go where the sun don’t shine.

 

6. Romeo Montague

Greatest love story or most annoying affair ever told? Let’s be real for a moment – Romeo is a teenage womanizer who would be the obnoxious high school quarterback and prom king. He moves from one woman to the next without a second thought or care as to how it would affect others around him – what a jerk.

 

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