Alright, Classics Club meme! I hope that our answer for this month is from all classics we’ve read, not just the classics we’ve read since we joined the CC.
Here’s the Classics Club question for April:
“Who is hands-down the best literary hero, in your opinion? Likewise, who is the best heroine?”
Tricky, tricky, tricky! Not really, it’s just that it’s such a hard question!
When I think of best literary hero, my mind INSTANTLY thinks of Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. Except he’s more of an anti-hero, but that’s why he’s so awesome! Buuuut the question says hero, not anti-hero, so I had to think on this some more. I’m sure a lot of people instantly leap to Mr. Darcy, and while he’s cool and all… ehh. I like him, but you don’t get to see much of him in Pride and Prejudice, you know?
So after thinking a bit more, I think the best literary hero is William Dobbin from Vanity Fair. He’s in love with the world’s crappiest heroine, Amelia, but his love in her is constant and unwavering. He does whatever he can to help her out and make her happy, even when she’s treating him like crap. And he was just such a GOOD guy. He reminds me a bit of Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility, except Dobbin is a better-developed character. I liked Dobbin from the very first time he’s introduced in the book and continued to cheer for him the whole way through.
So, now best literary heroine? I think I’m going to have to go with Emma Woodhouse from Emma by Jane Austen. Emma has been one of my favorite Austen characters for a long while, and I can’t think of any other classic heroine that I like better. I mean sure, Lizzie Bennett from P&P is awesome but she’s just a little too perfect for me. I like Emma because she’s a little bit mean, and I dig that about her. She’s also a flawed character – even though she has a good heart, she definitely makes a lot of mistakes and hence grows a lot as a character throughout the book.
There we have it! That was a surprisingly hard question… I had to think about it in the back of my mind for a long while before I felt ready to write this post.
So who do you think deserves the titles of Best Literary Hero & Heroine?