The Top 10 Literary Characters at My Lunch Table
from the Broke and the Bookish
- Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Brilliant. Narcissistic. I must have him at my table for a bit of brute honesty because as you’ll see some of my favorite characters need a little or a lot of telling it like it is.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre is one of the strongest female characters in literature I know. Jane would probably be Sherlock’s Dr. Watson at my table. She’s more caring, but not overly emotional and she, too, is honest, which she phrases in a kinder, gentler manner. And she’s feisty to boot.
- Bigger Thomas of Native Son by Richard Wright
With a name like Bigger, it’s pretty obvious you’re going to be larger than life. Even if it is tragic. Bigger is the embodiment of racism. The black man’s fear and envy of the white man and the white man’s fear of the black man.
- Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Huck is rebel and has lots of youthful ignorance, but he also learns some important lessons along the way about humanity. Huck comes to the realization that what he’s been taught about slaves and slavery is wrong and decides that the right thing to do is help Jim escape.
- Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
True Love. I would tell them it’s not that deep. No need to kill yourselves because your families don’t get along. Do your thing and keep it moving.
- Joe Gargery from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Joe Gargery is the kindest and gentlest person in Pip’s life. He’s encouraging and loving. In spite of him not standing up to Mrs. Joe, he is strong male character
- Miss Celie from The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Celie is another strong female character. I don’t envy the life she had to endure, but she endured and through her hardship found herself and what it meant to be loved and to love
- Antigone from The Theban Plays by Sophocles
A rebel who refuses to go along with social convention. There’s a little bit of Antigone in me.
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beloved has been referred to as a parasite and I guess that’s an appropriate way to look at her. She is a representation of the past that has returned to haunt the future — be it Sethe’s dead daughter, Sethe’s mother, and/or slavery. She’s meant for you deal with your past, so that you can move on.
Who are your favorite literary characters? and Why? What do you think Sherlock would say to this band of misfits at my lunch table.