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Who is your favorite character from classic literature and why?

Asked by ljs22 (1077 points ) April 20th, 2008
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delirium's avatar

Lady Godiva
Beautiful woman giving her husband the ultimate “Fuck You” for the good of all… How can you not love it?

peedub's avatar

As in strictly Greek or Roman?

ljs22's avatar

No, I guess I misused “classic.” Perhaps a better term for what I’m interested in would be literary fiction.

peedub's avatar

No, you didn’t at all. Some people just have a different idea of what that means, even Wikipedia (the all-knowing -jk).

I have a lot that I like, but for now I will name three:

1. Harry Haller of Steppenwolf – to me he is the perfect portrayal (or misconception) of
man as being comprised of the two opposing states of good and bad.

2. Uncle Oswald of My Uncle Oswald or Switch Bitch -though slightly narcissistic, this guy is just an amazing character with the best ideas and most discriminating tastes, almost like an alter ego for Dahl.

3. Ignatius J. Reilly from Confederacy of Dunces- All I can say is read the book if you haven’t. If you have then I think you will know what I mean when I say he needs no explanation.

Grim's avatar

Dorian gray. Cuz he’s a playa.

buster's avatar

Lenny from Of Mice and Men.

row4food's avatar

Howard Roark from The Fountainhead. Because he worked for himself, not allowing the practices of others dictate his design, or the way he lived his life. He stood by his principles, regardless of what anyone may have said about him.

scamp's avatar

Idgie Threadgoode from Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Cafe.

She was wild, headstrong, and didn’t take guff from anyone, and fiercly protected those close to her. I see a lot of her in me.

buster's avatar

Lenny from Of Mice and Men because he always said “Tell me about the rabbits, George.” Then the poor guy squished everything he touched.

scamp's avatar

@buster Yeah, but he didn’t mean to. He just didn’t know his own strength.

ezraglenn's avatar

Holden Caulfield

boffin's avatar

Mole, Ratty and Badger…
From “Wind in the Willows”

susanc's avatar

But boffin, Mole, Ratty or Badger, which?

boffin's avatar

@susanc All three of ‘em…
They were a set so to speak. Similar to the Three Musketeers.
All had an undying loyalty to themselves, even a strained relationship and bond with Toad.

susanc's avatar

Well I guess I would just like to say that of the three of them I really love Badger
the best. Of this group.
And generally who do I love? The BEST? Maybe, just today, mind you, Mma
Precious Ramotswe of Gaborone, Botswana. She’s a good lady.

gailcalled's avatar

@susanc: I love Mr. Toad, but I also adore Precious Ramotswe and the entire series.

kfingerman's avatar

To Kill a Mockingbird – Atticus Finch – Now there’s a moral compass of a man

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