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?

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Kena Shree
June 7, 2017


Anonymous July 13, 2017 - 10:22 am
Deepti June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

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

Adan June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

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.

Kena June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

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

Kena June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

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!

Kena June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

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.”


Kena June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

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!!

Kena June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

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.

Kena June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

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!

BijayAnand June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

My all time favourite book is Shogun by James Clavell. I remember reading it thrice inspite of its voluminous nature (I think 700 pages) approximately 20 years ago. Despite the fact that I have read it two decades ago, I can never forget the protagonists Blackthorne as well as the Shogun himself Toranaga.
The embodiment of goodness, compassion, stillness and resolve as part of their personalities as well as leadership ideologies makes them stand out in my mind as role models. Which is why they are both my favourite protagonists of all time.

SharanyaManivannan June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

Sita from the Ramayana. She fascinates me through the hundreds of Ramayana tellings in the collective consciousness. Is she docile? Yes. Is she subversive? Yes. It all depends on who does the telling, and it also all depends on who does the listening. My personal connection with her began with the image of her exiled, weeping in the wilderness, how she steeled herself to accept the teachings of her time in the forest/garden. This is the core of my next book of poems, The Altar Of The Only World (HarperCollins India, 2017), written after seven years of wilderness-wanderings with her.

Kena June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

I read Shogun way back. It didn’t turn an easy piece of reading then, given the perplexity of both the story background as well as the profound characters sketched dexterously by Clavell. This, of course, besides the voluminous 700 odd pages of pure content that you have talked about. To have read the novel thrice, I’m sure there must have been a sense of immense pull towards the protagonists.

AbdullahKhan June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

Aelita from Alexei Tolstoy’s sci-fi . I was in school when I read the Hindi translation of the novel. I was so madly in love with this fictitious character called Aelita that I spent many months daydreaming about me travelling to Mars and meeting her. At times, I’d wake with start in the middle of the night thinking that Aelita had come to see me. It is a some kind of madness which laste almost a year.

Aman Singh June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

it’s just full pf philosophies and wisdom.

And, it’s Ayushmaan.

Aman Singh June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

Lord Henry from The Picture of Dorian Grey. Oscar Wilde tried to portray himself through that character which resulted in someone who’s all witty and wise. And, his dialogues are so perfect yet so paradoxical which made me fall in love with him and Oscar Wilde.

SaumyaTewari June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

Jane Eyre. The strong and independent protagonist from Charlotte Bronte.

Joie June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

I am in love with Elizabeth Bennett. Pride and prejudice. And in a man I look for Darcy. In fact I am Liz with all her pride, I am Liz with all her prejudices and I am Liz with all her love and madness. I could run distances in the rain and swamp for my sister’s sake. I could remain quiet and hurt and still in love. I can submit and surrender when realization happens… Liz is the quintessential modern woman…

Rohini June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

Scarlet O’Hara from Gone With the Wind, for never going hungry again.

RakshaBharadia June 8, 2017 - 8:55 am

Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. So intense! There is something about unrequited love that is so charming, isn’t it Kena?

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