Your favourite protagonist from a Classic book or movie and why?

Let’s accept it. During our years of growing up, we come across some fictitious character in a book or a movie who is etched up by the writer so beautifully that it leaves behind an indelible imprint on mind, enough to last a lifetime. We get smitten. It could frame up our idea of a near-perfect hero or heroine. Who is your favourite protagonist from a Classic book or movie and why?

18 replies
June 7, 2017


  1. Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey..he is an independent, handsome, passionate, caring, young man and I find that extremely attractive.

  2. My favourite character would be Eutacia Vye from Thomas Hardy’s “Return of the Native”. I am a lover of mystery and somehow the character could really entice me in her world of nocturnal mysteries without me knowing it. I loved the way Hardy portrayed the character of Eustacia, the epitome of sensuality, against the background of the dark Egdon heath which signified her loneliness. The fact that she was more imposing that beautiful lulled me into the novel more. She seemed just like Cleopatra who could weave her magic on her male counterparts in mysterious ways. So, yeah, I really loved her character in the novel.

  3. I was waiting for someone to pitch in the iconic Scarlett in the discussion. You said it, Rohini.

  4. Hey Abdullah!

    Looks like I missed meeting Aelita. Haven’t read the novel so far. My bad!!

    The picture you sketch of her is indeed fascinating. Putting it up on my wishlist right away. Thanks!

  5. I can connect, Anshuman. Oscar Wilde is indeed an epitome of wittiness in The Picture of Dorian Gray.

    Remember this? “You are a wonderful creation. You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.”


  6. Hey Joie! Liz does represent the ‘the quintessential modern woman…’. We can all connect with her virtues. How else could a lady deal with a hopeless mother, a distant father, ill-bred siblings, and antagonizing females around her with such poise and grace!!

  7. Big, big yes! My favourite too. (Though I adored Howard Roark a little closer.) I was almost about to interrupt you saying, “Don’t get too near him. He’s taken.” **wink**

    His love for Catherine is not only heart wrenching but also diabolically passionate, to an extent that at one point of time he suggests the sexton to bury him next to Catherine such that the side of his coffin and Catherine’s were removed in a manner that they lay together, forever. Eerie!! They don’t make characters like him any more.

  8. Fascinating! How did I (or most of us, for that matter) miss seeing Sita in this light? Not that I found her docile or subversive but that the latter part of her life makes her emerge more as a woman of strength and perseverance. Will look forward to reading your collection of poems. Do keep us posted, Sharanya. Good luck!