Top Ten Literary characters with names that fit them.
Charles Dickens seemed to be the master of naming his characters appropriately. Let's see if I can fill out the list using examples from his books. I may need a little help from the Internet since I haven't read all of his books.
2. Oliver Twist (Oliver Twist)---the runaway orphan ends up in a gang of pickpockets and n'er-do-wells. If he continues in this lifestyle he very well may end up being arrested and hanged for his crimes. The term "twist" was used to describe what would happen after a person was hanged. Another interpretation could be that Oliver seems to be able to twist out of several sticky situations.
3. Ebeneezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol)---the term "scrooge" probably came from a play on the word screw which meant miser in 19th century lingo.
4. Mrs. Havisham (Great Expectations)---break apart her name into syllables and you get "have-a-sham". Her life is a sham and she inflicts this on Pip when she leads him into thinking she is his benefactor and that Estella loves him.
6. Mr. Merdle (Little Dorrit)---merde is the French word for excrement. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that Mr. Merdle is full of s#*t.
7. Fagin (Oliver Twist)---Fagin is the villain of the book. A fagin is a person who teaches crime to others.
8. Tiny Tim (A Christmas Carol)---not only was he sickly, but the boy was also small for his age, a common problem for poor children of the Victorian age. Scrooge pays Cratchit so little that his children, especially Tim, are sickly and undernourished.
|The Artful Dodger by Clarke|
10. Artful Dodger (Oliver Twist)---um, this one is so easy I didn't even need notes to figure it out. The boy, a pickpocket, is very good at getting away and not being captured. His given name, Jack Dawkins, could also apply to his skill level...he was a jack of all trades (in the underworld.)
This was fun. Can you think of any other Dickens' characters with fun names which fit their personalities?
Haha I hadn't realized Dickens used French cusswords to name a character, but how appropriate! Great list :)ReplyDelete
I laughed about this, too. I wonder if the English caught on back in the day?Delete
Great list Anne - I love so many of Dickens' character names. Before I went for my Harry Potter theme, I was thinking of Ebenezer Scrooge for my list. It such an appropriate and iconic name!ReplyDelete
I’d like to make a second list of Harry Potter character names.Delete
This is a fun list! I can honestly say I'd never given Dickens' character names such thought before.ReplyDelete
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I got the idea for this list from an English teacher friend. He said he loved teaching Great Expectations because of the names.Delete
I never met Pip, but I've always fancied the name. I actually think it would make a cute name for a puppy.ReplyDelete
What a genius idea to focus on one author, and I agree, he had some wonderfully named characters. I think Oliver Twist was full of colorfully named characters.ReplyDelete
I’ve never read Oliver Twist. But want to now.Delete
This is a fun post. I always forget that Dickens had a sense of humor. ;)ReplyDelete
Dickens sure what a clever man, wan't he?! I hadn't ever thought of all those names in a group like it. I love it.ReplyDelete
I couldn't imagine Scrooge with a different name... :DReplyDelete
Many English people especially in those times spoke French, so I'm sure they knew. :) Great list!ReplyDelete
I've read that David Copperfield is in many ways a kind of biographical story for Dickens. Either way, it's a good one - and Scrooge is an excellent name for the character. He sounds precisely like his personality. :DReplyDelete
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Oh I like your little twist. Great list!ReplyDelete
There's Mr. Gradgrind (who grinds out mis-educated graduates) and Bounderby (who's a bounder) in Hard TImes--very unsubtle, but then the book isn't very subtle overall, which is part of why I love it!ReplyDelete