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Top Ten Inspirational Literary Characters
She always seems to do what is right and what is needed at the time; she stayed loyal and kind to bad-girl Scarlett who wanted to steal her husband.
The respectful way that he represents Tom Robinson, treats his neighbors, even the nasty Mrs. DuBois, and the thoughtfulness he uses with his children. This is a book about conscience. We all can use more of it!
"August created an alternate religion for herself and her friends based around a statue of a black Mary that has been passed through generations of her family. She teaches Lily about this religion and spirituality in general, as well as about beekeeping and love." -Sparknotes
"Jeremiah, a school janitor, is a man of faith who quietly performs miracles – one of which is to bring Reuben [his son] to life after his lungs failed to inflate when he was born. Reuben is the only one who ever sees or notices these miracles; he concludes that he is meant to be a witness to them." -Wikipedia
To my mind the most inspiring of all Austen's characters, Anne is counted on my others for her thoughtfulness, practicality and unselfish ways.
Morrie was the man pressed into service as a teacher in a one-room school house. His teaching methods were unorthodox but inspired Paul so much that 50 years later he could recall the impact that Morrie had on his life.
7. Corrigan from Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Corrigan is the very selfless Catholic brother who loves the unlovable and inspires everyone to be their better selves. "Corrigan told me once that Christ was quite easy to understand. He went where He was supposed to go. He stayed where He was needed. He took little or nothing along, a pair of sandals, a bit of a shirt, a few odds and ends to stave off the loneliness. He never rejected the world. If He had rejected it, He would have been rejecting mystery. He would have been rejecting faith."-p. 20
"Charlotte Brontë's heroine towers over those around her, morally, intellectually and aesthetically; she's completely admirable and compelling." -100 favourite fictional characters
The benevolent creator of Narnia. Every action and word from Aslan is inspiring to me.
“'They say Aslan is on the move - perhaps has already landed.' And now a very curious thing happened. None of the children knew who Aslan was any more than you do; but the moment the Beaver had spoken these words everyone felt quite different... At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in its inside" -The Lion, Witch , and the Wardrobe, Chapter 7.
Schindler is credited with saving the lives of over 1200 Jews during the Holocaust. "His extraordinary story might have died with him but for their [survivors] gratitude. In trying to answer the inevitable question, why did he do it, one of the survivors said: 'I don't know what his motives were... But I don't give a damn. What's important is that he saved our lives.' Perhaps the question is not why he did it, but rather how could he not. And perhaps the answer is unimportant. It is his actions that matter now, testimony that even in the worst of circumstances, the most ordinary of us can act courageously. If Oskar Schindler, flawed as he was, did it, then so might we, and that is reason enough to hope." -Jewish Virtual Library
I love a good book where one or more of the characters speaks to my better instincts and encourages me to think and act on a higher plane. Who are some literary characters who inspire you?