Weekly Geeks: Character Comparison

May 24, 2010 at 12:10 am 5 comments

For this week’s task, let’s take a close look at some of our favorite bookish characters. Specifically, think of a character that you really relate to, a character that you think you could jump right in the story and actually be….you can also tell us about a character that you wish you could be more like. Tell us what traits of this character you’d like to possess and why.

I’m tempted to delve into cliche and describe how deeply I identify with my literary favorites. Every female reader, it seems, is a modern-day Jane Eyre, Lizzy Bennet or Cathy Earnshaw. These characters are appealing because readers can easily imagine themselves living the characters’ lives; the romance of the era(s) and the brooding attractiveness of the male leads only intensify the fantasy.

Anything Jane Eyre and I have in common, we share with several million women who have loved Charlotte Bronte’s work. Depressing? A little — we all like to think that we are unique. But it’s also reassuring to know that I am not the only woman who sometimes feels plain and overlooked.

Maybe it’s more productive to look at literary characters as role models. Jane’s moments of weakness make her more endearing, but Elinor Dashwood is the literary heroine I wish I could channel.  Elinor’s cool head and steady nerves keep her mother and sister somewhat grounded in reality, even when she’s dealing with her own emotional issues.

What about you? Which characters do you identify with or admire? Let us know in the comments!

— KT


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gautami tripathy  |  May 24, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I too love Jane Eyre and I can relate to her to some extent.

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  • 2. Shelley  |  May 24, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I seem to remember doing one of those “Which Jane Austen character are you?” quizzes and I was Elinor. That was a proud moment!

    • 3. KT  |  May 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm

      Elinor is a great result! I’m jealous :D

  • 4. silverseason  |  May 25, 2010 at 4:04 am

    I relate to Jane Eyre as a romantic fantasy of rescue by the right man which some of us have. (Rescue, but only after she asserted herself.)

    The literary heroine I feel the most for is Dorothea in Middlemarch. Dorothea is intelligent and idealistic and stubborn. She makes terribly wrong-headed decisions because she knows too much of her dreams and not enough of real life outside her head. She almost throws her future away in a pledge to her husband, a pledge she knows he is unjust to demand but which she feels compelled to give because she takes responsibility for her original mistake in marrying this dried out stick. Oh, Dorothea! But I understand, I really do.

    • 5. KT  |  May 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm

      Yes, that’s what I love about Jane Eyre! She gets the fantasy, but only after showing she can do quite well without it.

      I must read Middlemarch now — I have a copy on my shelf somewhere…


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