The literary world is full of so many fictional characters that describing about every individual character from every novel in a single blog post is not enough. My earlier blog post – Famous Literary characters described to my readers about various literary characters such as Edmond Dantes, Father Faria, Beth March, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn etc. These characters are simply fabulous, more real than the people we actually meet and interact in our life. Wish, I could have met the mischievous Tom, short –tempered Josephine March or the sweet Becky. Currently, the impulse to write has come again and I can feel the creative jerk to write the sequel to my earlier blog post – Famous Literary characters. The moment I complete writing my article, I only wish that the information written by me is clearly conveyed to my reader. So, this is the 2nd episode in the series “Famous Literary characters. Come; let’s meet more characters from the literature.
1) Henry Fleming – Henry Fleming is the courageous hero from the novel – Red Badge of Courage written by Stephen Crane. Very few people in India know about this book which is based on American Civil war during the reign of Abraham Lincoln.
The novel revolves around the young soldiers who have enlisted in the army to protect their fatherland from other nations. Henry Fleming is the newly recruited soldier who dreams to contribute his efforts for his nation. The youthful soldiers are thrilled for getting enlisted in the army. But as they land on the war scene, the thrill transforms into a horrifying nightmare for the young soldiers. Even though many soldiers die facing the bullets, Henry Fleming chooses to flee from the battle. His mind is torn apart between life and loyalty for his nation. How Henry Fleming re-discovers the courageous spirit to fight and what setbacks lead him to path of manhood is explained very realistically by author Stephen Crane.
Through this character, Stephen Crane has thrown a light on the feelings and emotions of the countless soldiers who keep waking so that civilians can sleep peacefully. This is a coming of age novel which is set against the backdrop of American Civil war. This novel became an inspiration for several motion picture makers to make movies like “Saving Private Ryan”, “The thin red line”, “Courage under fire”, “Black Hawk Down” and “Lakshya”. This is indeed a great patriotic novel that every man should read. This book is highly recommendable.
2) Josephine March or Jo – I had described about Josephine March in my earlier blog post – Famous Literary characters. But the article was focused on bonding between Josephine March and her younger sister Beth. So when I decided to write a fresh article again on new literary characters, I couldn’t afford to exclude Josephine March from the list. She is one of my favourite characters from literature who is not just short-tempered, tomboyish but also a compassionate girl who takes every stride to support her family. Josephine March is the lead character from the novel “Little Women” who is an ordinary girl whose goes on to achieve her dreams no matter how worse the complexities of life may be.
The journey of Jo March from an irresistible tempered girl to a compassionate woman is written very beautifully by Louisa May Alcott. If you want to know more about Jo March in detail, you should definitely read “Little Women” which is a wonderful novel filled with lovable and warm characters.
3) Jeremiah Cobb – Jeremiah Cobb is truly an endearing character from the novel “Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm” written by Kate Douglas Wiggin. Though the role of Jeremiah Cobb is very small in the novel, but he plays a pivotal role in making Rebecca aware of her dreams and ambitions. When you study this character, you will find this person quite similar to Father Faria – the character from the novel “The count of Monte cristo”. When Rebecca, the main protagonist of the novel becomes distressed by the rude behaviour of her aunt, she seeks refuge in her old friend “Jeremiah Cobb”.
Jeremiah Cobb is like a father figure to her and how he makes her realize about the true meaning of life and goal is described very beautifully in the novel. It’s the encouragement of Jeremiah Cobb that helps Rebecca to achieve her dreams. I hope someday “Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm” is remade again in a motion picture and the role of Jeremiah should be played by Robin Williams.
4) Becky Thatcher – Hi Friends this is cutie Becky Thatcher! Doesn’t it sound like that I am casually introducing you to some gal in a rock party. Though Becky Thatcher is a fictional character from the novel “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” written by Mark Twain, she is a cuddlesome girl we see everywhere in our daily life. I loved reading about this character in the novel “Tom Sawyer” and fell instantly in love with this literary character in just one go. Becky Thatcher is the love interest of Tom Sawyer and how Tom uses his tricks to woo Becky is described very beautifully in the book. Tom Sawyer is about childhood mischief, innocence and teen romance. If you want to know more about Becky, then you should definitely read “Adventures of Tom Sawyer”. It will bring smile on your face J
5) Fredrich Bhaer – Even small characters leave a long lasting impression in minds of readers. Fredrich Bhaer is a character from the novel “Little Women” written by Louisa May Alcott. A resident from Berlin, Fredrich Bhaer is a professor in philosophy who befriends Jo March, the protagonist of the story.
The eventful introduction between these two characters occurs when Jo comes to New York to get a job as a writer. Jo March focuses on writing sensational stories for newspapers to earn money but Fredrich Bhaer is firmly against sensational stories. He strongly criticizes Jo March for such writings and motivates her to write stories that are closely related to life. This constructive criticism becomes a turning point in her life and Jo resolves not to write any such trash content.
As a blogger and a writer, I too personally feel that whatever we write, it should be related toward life and should have substance of compassion. I respect this character because he guides Jo March and shows a true picture of her flaws in her writing work. In the climax of the novel, Jo March and Fredrich Bhaer happily get married and start a school for needy and poor children.
The role of Fredrich Bhaer was played by actor Gabriel Byrne in the 1994 movie “Little Women”. Even though Gabriel Byrne has a very small role, he makes his presence felt in the movie. If you want to know more about this character, do read the novel “Little Women” written by Louisa May Alcott.
6) Black Beauty – Anna Sewell’s masterpiece novel – Black Beauty was the path breaking epic that described the anguish and struggle of animals through a young horse named “Black Beauty”. The young horse is the protagonist of the novel and what pain, sufferings and torture he tolerates from his cruel masters is narrated in a very realistic way. I was completely moved by reading this book and empathized with the sufferings of horses.
Just read this path breaking novel and you will be really amazed by the emotional storytelling of Anna Sewell. Black Beauty is truly a fabulous character that epitomises loyalty, faith, courage and compassion.
7) Laurie – I appreciate the imagination of Louisa May Alcott for creating so many lovable characters in just one novel – Little Women and Laurie is one of them. I am truly a die-hard fan of Louisa May Alcott and consider her as my mentor for bringing warmth in my writing skills. Though the novel “Little Women” is focused on March Family, Laurie the neighbourhood boy plays an important role in this storyline. Nicknamed as “Laurie”, Theodore Laurence is the grandson of Mr. Laurence, the wealthy businessman. Since Laurie’s parents are no more, Laurie is raised under the strict discipline of Mr. Laurence. Jo March befriends Laurie and the friendship blossoms into a tender relationship. Laurie gets a good companionship of March sisters and finds motherly love in Marmee, the mother of March sisters (Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy). Little Women is not just about family, it’s also about friendship, care and love. Laurie is the lovable, boy next-door kind of person who always believes in helping people and bringing a smile on everyone’s face. The role of Laurie was portrayed by actor Christian Bale in the 1994 movie – Little Women. Do read “Little Women” to know about this charming young boy named Laurie.
8) Edward Tudor and Tom Canty – Mark Twain once again delighted the readers with his novel “The prince and the pauper” which tells the story of two boys similar in their appearance, but born under diverse circumstances.
On one side Edward Tudor is a prince while Tom Canty is a poor kid tormented by a nagging father. Destiny unites them and they exchange each other clothes to explore the thrill of life. Edward Tudor adopts the life of Tom Canty as a shabby pauper and Tom Canty is simply fascinated by the rich privileges of the royal palace. Filled with thrilling and light hearted moments, Prince and the pauper is a delightful novel which will definitely refresh you. “Prince and the pauper” became a great inspiration for Hollywood and bollywood motion picture makers to produce movies similar to this plot.
For now, these are the inspiring, lovable and outstanding literary characters who found a place in the heart of readers. I am looking forward to write one more blog post on famous literary characters from various novels. This is just a small attempt to convey my readers about the characters of literature.
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