“Who is hands-down the best literary hero, in your opinion? Likewise, who is the best heroine?”
I initially thought this would be easy; that is until I thought about all of the books I've read and realized I don't typically read books featuring what I thought of as heroes. I wondered "what exactly does "hero" mean?" According to Dictionary.com, a hero (excluding a sandwich or a mythological being) is:
1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.
3. the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc
What? "Hero" could just be taken to mean the principal male character? I know that we often refer to a character in a book as the "hero of the story," but the simple fact of being the principal character hardly seems to qualify as being heroic. On the other hand, taking away the "super hero" idea of a hero, you'll certainly find many more heroes in literature.
|Gregory Peck and Brock Peters|
I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.- Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird
|Julie Ghoulson as Mary Call Luther|
Who are your literary heroes and heroines?