18 January 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Inspiring Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this weeks topic is top ten most inspirational characters.  Here are mine (in no particular order):

10. Azar in Reading Lolita in Tehran- for being the kind of teacher I can only hope to be.
9. Offred in The Handmaid's Tale - for reminding us how important stories can be.
8. Marjane in Persepolis - for moving through what is hard, and never forgetting what is funny.
7. Abdulrahman Zeitoun in Zeitoun - for caring about others at a time that it would have been absolutely forgivable to care only about himself.
6. Ma in Room- for sacrificing her sanity so Jack could have his.
5. Tiny Cooper in Will Grayson Will Grayson- for rocking in the face of adversity.
4. Bone Boatwright in Bastard Out Of Carolina - for being a survivor.
3. Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice: for choosing to make a choice.
2. Huck Finn in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: for making friends with whomever he wants and for having the guts to "light out for the territory."
1. Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter: for choosing exile over conventionality and betrayal.

6 comments:

  1. Great list! Reading Lolita in Tehran is on my shelf...gotta get that one read :)

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  2. Great choices! I had totally forgotten about Hester. She is a great one.

    Reading Lark's Top 10

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  3. Well said. I like the way you put your list together. Brief but powerful. I considered Huck Finn...and I wish I'd kept him on my list.
    -Anne
    My Head is Full of Books

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  4. Wow, you really said a lot in so few words. I'm probably the last one on Earth who hasn't read Room yet but I'll get to it eventually!

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  5. Don't we all want to be teachers like the teacher from Reading Lolita! Excellent choice.

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  6. LOVED Will Grayson, Will Grayson. So glad to see Tiny on your list!

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