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What does the sentence below mean? (especially the word in red)
Cheryl is a real malcontent. She's always unhappy with everyone at the office, but she complains every time they try to change something.
malcontent = 1. a chronically dissatisfied person
2. one who rebels against the established system
The Malcontent is a character often used in Shakespeare's plays. This character is discontent with the events and other characters in the play. He or she is often an observer who comments on the action and may even show awareness that they are in play. Shakespeare's Iago, in "Othelo", Hamlet in "Hamlet" and Mercutio in "Romeo & Juliet" are typical malcontents.
The morality and sympathy of the malcontent is a a massive variable as we can see in the example listed above. Sometimes, as in Hamlet they are sympathetic center of the play, whereas Iago is a very unsympathetic character.
The most important thing about the malcontent is that he is malcontent=unhappy, unsettled,displeased with the world as he sees it -not at easy with the world of the play in which he finds himself, eager to change it somehow, or to dispute with it. He is an objective or quasi-objective voice that commends on the concerts of the play and and commends as though he is somehow above or beyond them.