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Curb Your Heroism: How Larry David, an Old, Bald Misanthrope, Won the Hearts of Millions

Allison, S.T., Beggan, J.K. and Efthimiou, O. (2022) Curb Your Heroism: How Larry David, an Old, Bald Misanthrope, Won the Hearts of Millions. Heroism Science - An Interdisciplinary Journal, 7 (2). Art. 1.

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For eleven television seasons, viewers of the series Curb Your Enthusiasm have been witness to a main character in Larry David who paradoxically displays attributes that are both endearing and revolting. This article offers an analysis of Larry David’s character with the goal of ascertaining his heroic nature, specifically focusing on whether he best meets the scientific criteria for a hero or for an antihero. Drawing from the literature of heroism science, we examine a large body of evidence from episodes of the series supporting arguments for both heroism and antiheroism in Larry’s character. Consistent with definitions of heroism, Larry manifests deviance, humility, loyalty to principles, and a growth mindset. Yet consistent with antiheroism, Larry shows selfishness, social insensitivity, manipulativeness, and resistance to growth. We conclude that any inconsistencies in his character can be understood through a consideration of Curb Your Enthusiasm’s comedic goals and sensibilities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Creative Media, Arts and Design
Publisher: University of Richmond
Copyright: © 2022 Heroism Science.
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