Quote by Jose Saramago
I never appreciated 'positive heroes' in literature. They are almost always cliches, copies of copies, until the model is exhausted. I prefer perplexity, doubt, uncertainty, not just because it provides a more 'productive' literary raw material, but because that is the way we humans really are.
This quote suggests a preference for complex and flawed characters over simplistic and virtuous ones in literature. The speaker dismisses positive heroes as predictable and unoriginal, lacking depth. Instead, they argue for embracing perplexity and uncertainty as more realistic and relatable aspects of human nature. The mention of "productive" literary raw material implies that exploring the complexities and uncertainties of characters can lead to richer and more meaningful storytelling.