Literature has a way of reaching out to the audience which is imaginative in nature. Through its characters, writing sets up a sense of communication between the readers and the plot. No matter how much we refrain, we often end up either falling passionately in love with the characters or hopelessly relating to them. The characters often have the tendency to become the companions that we never had.
Here is a list of 9 iconic characters we can always look up to in the days of sadness and joy.
#1. Rhett Butler- One of the protagonists of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With The Wind,” Rhett Butler is an unusual figure. He enters into the plot during the barbecue at Twelve Oaks Plantation and is said to be a man with a great fortune. What makes Rhett Butler’s character unconventional is that unlike the quintessential gentle and chivalric male protagonists of that time, Butler is a rogue figure.
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#2. Victor Frankenstein– Victor Frankenstein is the central character of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” He is the quintessential tragic figure who attempts to create life but ends up creating a monster, after that becoming liable for the death of his close friends and family. What makes Victor Frankenstein’s character interesting is the different layering and interpretations to it.
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#3. Scarlett O’ Hara- The female protagonist of Margaret Michell’s “Gone With The Wind,” Scarlett O’ Hara is a character way ahead of her times. An opportunist, Scarlett is the heroine with a sense of gumption. She is an embodiment of the concept survival at the cost of normative morality.
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#4. Atticus Finch- Atticus is a character in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mocking Bird.” A lawyer by profession and a resident of the fictional Maycomb County, Atticus Finch’s character is famous for his reason and a strong sense of principles.Throughout the plot, he makes sure that he answers each of his children’s questions as honestly as possible.
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#5. Elizabeth Bennet- The protagonist of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” Elizabeth Bennet is the second eldest of the five Bennet sisters. What makes her stand out beside her wit and beauty is the unique and complex nature of her character. Elizabeth Bennet does not believe in marrying for financial reasons.
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#6. Mariam- The protagonist in Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” Mariam’s journey begins while she was a child and lived with her mother. It is after her mother’s death that she is gradually able to let go of the blinded sense of reverence she had for her father. Despite her naïve perspective of the world as a child, she eventually turns out to be an incredibly strong female character and rebelliously escapes out of her oppressive marriage.
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#7. Bertha Mason- Bertha Mason, popularly known as the mad woman in the attic, is a character in Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre.” Bertha Mason, through her laughter and insanity, becomes the voice of rebellion and breaking through the gender oppression. Her character has the capability to intimidate as well as gather empathy from the readers. Even in her brief role in the book, she leaves a compelling impact on the plot.
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#8. Maggie Tulliver- The protagonist of George Eliot’s “The Mill on The Floss,” Maggie Tulliver is a transgressively original character and has bizarre interests and fetishes. Right from her childhood, she developed an interest in reading about subjects that were quite unusual for the children her age. Her relationship with her brother Tom Tulliver is what makes her character even more interesting
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#9. Doctor Faustus- Christopher Marlowe’s play “Doctor Faustus” revolves around the pursuits of the character of Doctor Faustus. A tragic character, Doctor Faustus acquires the art of necromancy and makes a pact with the devil, to satiate his desire for knowledge. However, his relentless efforts lead him to eternal damnation.
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